Astika was an ancient rishi, and he was a son of Rishi Jaratkaru and the serpent goddess Mata Manasa Devi, who is also a sister of the great serpent king Vasuki. He also saved the life of the serpant king Takshaka, when king Janamejaya performed a snake sacrifice, to avenge for the death of his father Parikshit due to the snake bite of Takshaka. He stopped the king from doing such a sinful act, and further told to him, that his father Parikshit was bitten by Takshaka due to his fate, and there was no enmity between them.
On hearing the words from the mouth of the holy sage Astika, King Janamejaya was pacified and stopped doing the snake sacrifice. That day was Shukla Paksha Panchami in Shravan and is since celebrated as the festival of Nag Panchami.
He is also a Vedic scholar and was thorough in all religious texts and Puranas. Being the son of the holy mother, MA MANASA DEVI, who is having popular mandirs in north India, he was very kind and affectionate with others. He lived a noble life, and after peacefully living for many years, he attained moksha and went to the abode of Lord Indra Dev, and lived happily there.
By worshipping Rishi Astika, we can get the blessings of his mother, Manasa Devi, and mainly our poisonous diseases will get relieved, and also we will not suffer from snake bites, and get good prospects in our life.
Let us worship the great Astika Rishi and be blessed.
“OM SREE ASKTIKA MAHARISHIYE NAMAHA”
“OM RISHI JARATKARUVE NAMAHA”
“OM MA MANASA DEVIYE NAMAHA”