Updated: Aug 25
Many of us are scared of snakes. That makes sense, as many snakes are poisonous!
However, in a farming country like India, snakes are important for farmers as they keep rodents and other creatures away from the fields. In Gujarati, "Saap" is snake and "Naag" is a Cobra.
In the Hindu religion, Naag and Seshnaag are considered very important. It is believed that Brahma created Seshnaag, Shivji and wore it around his neck. Vishnuji rests on Seshnaag in the Ocean.
Naag Panchami is the day that we show our gratitude to these wonderful creatures. On this day farmers are grateful to snakes and cobras for protecting their farms. It is great that we have a special day for snakes, but I think that compassion towards all the creatures in this world should be our goal.
Do you know of Naag Panchami? How do you celebrate it?
RAANDHAN CHHUTH & SHITALAA SAATAM
Raandhan chhuth is the day before Shitalaa saatam, which some folks know as "TAADHI HIRI".
It is the day to prepare all the good food you wish to eat on the Saatam, such as Vadaa and more. If you follow this festival, this is the one day in the year folks give their "Chulo" (stove) a break and eat cold food.
We are a culture of showing gratitude towards all things that are part our day to day lives.
Stoves create fire every day so we can cook our food and eat delicious meals. On this day, we show gratitude towards these machines that make our lives better. Those who understand the value of all things (alive or not) that help make our lives better, invite calm and cool energy (Shital - cool).
Do you follow and practice 'Shitalaa saatam' or "taadhi seeri"? What do you do?
On the ninth day of Shraavan is a day celebrated by many married women, especially mothers in some parts of Gujarat who choose to follow this "vrat".
I didn't actually know of this until I got married, as this was not very popular in Baroda side.
Many of you may know this as the day we eat vardoo (sprouted 9 beans -mung beans, alfalfa, lentils, chickpeas, and adzuki beans. fava, kidney, black, navy, and pinto beans), rotlaa, bor keriyaa (pickeled mangoes and veggies), raw onion, kachoo tel, milk and unminced/chopped marchoo.
Women who had difficulty conceiving or had children whose health was weak when they were babies, took "baadhaa"(promise to the gods) to feed other women rotlaa and vadoo on this auspicious day.