Garuda Panchami Puja is a festival dedicated to Garuda, Lord Vishnus vehicle. In 2016, Garuda Panchami date is August 7. Garuda Panchami vrat is observed on Panchami during Shravan month. It is widely celebrated as Nag Panchami.
Garuda Panchami celebrates mother and sons love, affection, devotion and bond between each other. The festival is dedicated to Garuda because of his devotion towards his mother Kadhru. Garuda Panchami pooja is mainly observed by married women for the better health and future of their children. This pooja is also observed by newly wedded couples for their marital bliss and prosperous life.
Garuda is the vehicle of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. Garuda is also worshipped as ‘Dwarapalaka in many temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Garuda is also called as Garuthmantha. During the festival, devotees worship Garuthmantha along with Naga devatas (Serpent Gods).
Garuda Panchami is also celebrated as Manasa Devi Ashtanag Puja in Eastern States of India such as West Bengal, Assam and Orissa. On this day, Manasa, Seroent Goddess, is worshipped.
In 2015, Garuda Panchami date was August 19.
In 2014, Garuda Panchami date was August 1.
In 2013, Garuda Panchami date was August 11.
Garuda Panchami 2012 date was July 23.