Naga Chaturthi is one of the common festival of Odisha (Orissa). In Odisha this festival is commonly known as Naga Chaturthi Osha. This festival is mainly done by women who have made fasting on that day. This Festival Commonly held on the 14th day of the bright fortnight of Kartik (Between the English Month September to October). This festival is mainly celebrated to protect the family from Snake Bite. The god of this festival is Lord Pingala who is the God of serpent. In this festival the god is worshiped in the form of a snake statue which is made of gold, silver or of rice paste close to an ant-hill. This festival is one of the common hindu festival in Odisha.
History or Myth Behind the Naga Chaturthi Festival of Odisha
There is a interesting story behind this Naga Chaturthi Festival. According to that story , a merchant’s wife had betrayed the trust of her ‘Sangata’ and also the serpent Mother Goddess (Naga Mata). All her six sons died of snake bite. The seventh son was married to a princess, who had faithfully observed this fast and she had been blessed by the Naga Mata to be ‘Aisulakshani’ or the virtuous wife whose husband would not die before she died. Therefore though her husband was accursed and was bitten to death, he was restored to life along with six elder brothers.
From that day women are worshiping Naga Mata to protect her family from snake bite. And the festival celebrated or done by the women is Naga Chaturthi Festival or commonly known as Naga Chaturthi Osha.
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