Nagara Chauthi/Panchami – July 22nd and 23rd 2012

Pictures after pooja on 7/22/2012

Nagara Chauthi is the fourth day of the Shravana masa. On this day married women take head bath and wearing wet clothes (or washed clothes separately) which makes it very pure, either do the pooje to the snake hootha or place a silver idol of Nagappa and continue. Unboiled milk or raw milk, haldi,  soaked kadale, gejjevastra and flowers are offered to the idol of Nagappa. Women who do the pooje on this day fast as well. This is how we do the pooje in Madhwa houses. No fried items are prepared during this day. Women also prepare thambittu and do aarathi to Nagappa using the same. All this needs to be done in madi.

P.S: No Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Chauthi. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Haldi. No deep fired items as well.

Next day being the Nagara Panchami, everyone in the house performs the pooje; including children. If you are offering milk to the idol of Nagappa; it is customary to do the pooje to Nagappa as soon as you wake up, take a shower and even before drinking your coffee in the morning. As done in the previous day, place a silver plate, keep the idol of Nagappa. Pour 3 times milk, water, haldi, kumkum, gejjevastra, flowers and kadale. Prepare the thambittu and do the aarathi.

P.S:Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Panchami. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Kumkum. No deep fired items as well.

It is also customary to draw images of Nagappa on the front door, hosthilu and also near the place you worship using rice paste. Haldi, kumkum, gejje vastra and flowers are applied to these as well.

Lord Krishna was playing ball with his friends, when suddenly the ball got entangled in the high branch of a tree. Krishna volunteered to climb the tree and fetch the ball. But below the tree the river Yamuna was flowing in full glory, in which the snake Kalinga was living. Nobody dared to go near that place. Lord Krishna ignoring the warnings of his friends jumps into the water. The dangerous ‘Kalinga” serpent comes up. But Krishna was ready and jumping on the snake’s head, starts dancing on its head. Kalinga realizes the strength of Lord Krishna and pleads with Krishna: “Please, do not kill me.” Krishna takes sympathy on Kalinga and after taking a promise that henceforth he would not harm anybody, he let the snake go free into the river again. Hence, Nag Panchami is also commemorated as a day of victory of Lord Krishna over Kalinga the legendary snake.

What to eat during Nagara Chauthi?

So, here are the items you can prepare during this day, when you are not supposed to fry anything.

To prepare Thambittu follow this procedure:

P.S: Nagara Panchami Haadu/Song is posted here

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Janhavi on September 7, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Your blog is so useful. I am glad I came across this. Thank you so much. You are doing a great service by giving so much of information.


  2. Posted by Manjunath K R on July 27, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Excellent narration in simple language.
    Hope similar information is available for other festivals also.


  3. Posted by Divya on August 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    What can I cook on Naga Panchami?…..Can I grind & stuff?


  4. Posted by Pooja Shankar on January 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Meera, if you have Subramanya Bhujanga Stotra can you pl. post it. I found it in youtube but I wanted the lyrics. Thanks to all the participants and making it happen. This is my favorite blog.


  5. Posted by sapna sriram on July 21, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Thanks a lot meera for this blog which is very very useful for womens like me who get married to madhava family ………… its been one and half years for our marriage i learnt lots of things from this blog…..

    sapna sriram


  6. Posted by SriVidhya on August 3, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Thanks for the post. Very useful. God bless u.


  7. Posted by meeraghu on July 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I have added one for coconut kadabu, and in the comment have mentioned how to make steamed kadabu as well. The link is below:


  8. Posted by Pooja Shankar on July 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Can you pl. post how to make karjikai or steamed kadabu which we make it for nagara panchami.
    Pooja Shankar


  9. Posted by meeraghu on July 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Have been doing this since 2008, the year I started this blog. Hope it helps.


  10. Posted by Padma on July 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Thank once again you have made shravan masa very easy and understandable to everyone .


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