Nag Panchami (Naga Panchami Puja, Nagula Panchami), is the festival of snakes observed in Shravan month. In 2013, Nag Panchami date is August 11, Sunday. Naga Chaturthi Upvaas date is August 10, Saturday.
In some North Indian calendars, Nag Panchami in 2013 date is listed as July 27.
Nag Panchami festival dedicated to Naga devatas (Serpent Gods), falls on the Shravan Shukla Panchami (fifth day in Shukla paksha during Sawan month).
Naga Panchami 2013 date in USA – as per Hawaii, CST, EST, MST, PST timezones – August 11th
Naga Panchami 2013 date in UK & Europe – August 11th
Naga Panchami 2013 date in UAE & Gulf countries - August 11th
Naga Panchami 2013 date in Malaysia - August 11th
Naga Panchami 2013 date in Singapore - August 11th
Naga Panchami 2013 date in Australia - August 12th
Naga Panchami 2013 date in New Zealand - August 12th
On the day of Naga Panchami, nine prominent Serpent Gods (Nagas or snake Gods) are fed with milk and worshipped by certain rituals and pujas. Ananta, Vasuki, Padmanabha, Sesha, Kambala, Shankhapala, Dhruthrashtra, Takshaka and Kaliya are the nine prominent Serpent Gods.
Slokam to remember all the nine names of Naga Devatas:
Anantam Vasukim Sesham Padmanabham cha Kambalam
Shankhapalam Dhartarashtram Taxakam Kaliyam thatha
Etani navanamani cha mahatmanam
The sloka means – the above mentioned 9 Naga devatas are most auspicious and important serpent gods.
Legend of Naga Panchami:
Nag Panchami is celebrated all over India, but on different dates as mentioned above. Naga Panchami commemorates various legends and stories. One of these legends tells us about the victory of Lord Sri Krishna on Serpent Kaliya on the day of Shravan Shukla Panchami.
Nag Panchami is also celebrated as Garuda Panchami. On Naga Panchami day, people of North India and East India observe Ashtanag Puja. Ashtanag Puja is dedicated to Goddess Manasa, who is also called as the Queen of Serpents. Read Nag Panchami Puja Procedure (Naga Panchami Vrat Vidhi) here.
In 2012, Naga Panchami date was July 23, 2012 (Monday). Nag Chaturthi Upvaas 2012 was on July 22 (Sunday).