The holy month of Shravana holds a strong significance for the devotees of Lord Shiva and is completely dedicated to him. Devotees hold special prayers and perform various rituals to impress and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva . Since snakes hold a vital place in Hindu mythology and are closely related to Lord Shiva; a special day is dedicated to the worshiping the snakes.
The devotees offer milk, rice and perform aarti to impress Nag devta in exchange for blessing and good fortune. This day is called the Nag Panchami as it is celebrated on the fifth day after Amavasya in the month of Shravan. This year the auspicious occasion falls on the 25th July. The believers all across the world are enthusiastic to offer prayer and milk to the serpent God also known as Nag Devta. According to mythology, women worship serpent God for the goodwill of their brothers by offering milk.
There are several tales associated with Naag Panchami. It is believed that Lord Krishna, had blessed the poisonous Naag Kalia, after defeating him and said that people who will offer milk and prayers to the snakes on that very auspicious occasion will be relieved from their sins. The followers of Hindu mythology believe that the blessings of the snake will protect them and their families from negative energy.
Another story that backs the practice of feeding milk to the snakes dates back to Samudra-Manthan. In the quest of finding amrit (a boon of immortality) by the Devas and Asuras, a deadly poison K erupted from the ocean, which the had power to wipe-out the entire creation. To save the creation, Lord Shiva drank the poison and some droplets fell on earth, which was consumed by his aides; snakes. To calm down the effects of the deadly poison, the Devtas performed on (the one with the blue throat) and the snakes. So, Nag Panchami is the symbolic representation of the entire mythological process.
Although there are several other tales associated with the holy practice of feeding milk to snakes, some are related to astrology, while some are due to devotion. Whatever the reason may be, this unique ritual of Nag Panchami is celebrated with great joy across the country, every year in the month of Shawan.