Celebrated on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Sawan, the festival of Nag Panchami commemorates the serpent deity. In the Hindu Itihaas, Nagas or snakes have always been represented as a symbol of virility and kundalini energy.
Apart from all of India, the major festivities of Nag Panchami are held at the Naag Mandir in Patnitop, Jammu where one can see a great number of devotees flocking for the auspicious occasion.
The Naag Mandir is an about 600-year-old temple situated amid the snow-capped Himalayan mountain ranges. Nag Panchami 2020 will be celebrated on July 25.
Moving to the best time to visit Jammu to visit the temple, and for travelling and exploring around; it would be between the months of October and April. During this timeline, the overall climatic conditions are quite pleasant and favourable for sightseeing.
In the Hindu culture, snakes have had a great significance and various Indian scriptures like Agni Purana, Narada Purana to even the reference of a world of snakes i.e. Naga Loka proves this fact.
Hindu Legends. There are many legends associated with Nag Panchami and according to one such legend mentioned in Mahabharata, Lord Kashyapa, who was the son of Lord Brahma, married the daughters of King Prajapati namely Kadru and Vinata. It is believed that Kadru went on to birth the race of Nagas in whose honour, eventually, the festival of Nag Panchami came into being, on the other hand, Vinata gave birth to Aruna and Garuda who became the charioteer of the Sun God.
Another legend goes back to the time of Lord Krishna. According to the legend, Lord Krishna, when he was just a child, was attacked by the giant serpent Kaliya. Krishna then sprang on Kaliya's many heads and began dancing. Due to this, Kaliya soon started vomiting blood and began to lose consciousness. Seeing this, his wives came and pleaded Lord Krishna not to kill him. He eventually apologised to Lord Krishna and promised that he will stop bothering anyone.
1. Nag Panchami Rituals. On the day of Nag Panchami, devotees gather at various temples all across India for performing various rituals and conduct pooja ceremonies which include offering milk to the snake deities. People also observe fast throughout the day. There are many households who don’t eat fried food on this particular occasion. At many places, digging the Earth is also forbidden.
2. Snake Charmers. On the occasion of Naag Panchami, one can also see snake charmers entertaining crowds. For instance, in India, one place which is famous for witnessing such traditions is located about 400 kilometres from Mumbai, known as Battis Shirala. Previously, the snakes were carried to the temples where they were offered milk. However, this practice was banned by Bombay High Court back in 2014.
Jammu, also known as the winter capital of Kashmir is quite an incredible travel destination to visit in India. To reach here, you will need to travel approximately 554, 1,742, 1,915, 2,523 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the following means of transportation to reach here.
By Air. To reach here via air, you will need to deboard at the Jammu Airport (IXJ), situated 108 km away from the Naag Mandir. It is a civil airport and has very good flight connectivity with other Indian destinations. From the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of local transportation like a bus or a cab.
By Train. If planning to visit here by train, then deboard at Jammu Tawi Railway Station or Udhampur Railway Station. Both the stations have been fairly well connected with nearby cities and towns and are located 120 km from Patnitop. In terms of proximity, you can get off at Udhampur Railway Station as it is just 40-50 km away. From the stations, take some means of public transportation to reach your destination.
By Road. Patnitop lies at a distance of 110 kilometres from Jammu. To reach here you can take taxis or your private vehicles. The roadways and national highways are motorable and well connected. From nearby cities and towns, you can also book state-run buses which are quite easily available at very affordable rates.
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