The country,India is the land of Rishis and Sages.The country is so highly influenced by the rich and
The panchami is the fifth day,the next day after Chaturthi day.So Rishi Panchami falls on the next day to Ganesh Chaturthi.This is a day of 'Vrata' ie a fast.The tradition of observing this Vrata,is to express respect,gratitude and remembrance of the great deeds of those ancient Rishis, who devoted their life for the welfare of the society.However, the real worship of the Rishis and Munis lies in obeying and complying with their commandments.
The four vedas which is the rich tradition of Hindu culture are- Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda and Atharva veda.They
were written by the rishis and the work was in progress for almost 500
This fast is to be observed by women.It is beleived that any ill deeds which the women might have committed and the mistakes done, can be pardoned by doing this Vrata.Any woman who has violated the rules ordained by the scriptures in regards to the days of menstruation or unknowingly had darshan of a Rishi during menstrual periods, thereby committing an act of sacrilege, should observe this fast for washing away of that sin, thus seeking forgiveness.
On Rishi Panchami,a ritual bath is taken in holy rivers,ponds or in other water masses.Hands and mouth is washed 108 times. Lord Ganesh, Navagraha( nine planetary Gods), Saptarshis (seven Sages) and Arundathi are worshipped.Women offer the 'Prasad' to Gods and wash husbands' feet.
Then,women again perform sacred bath and rub the special red mud for several times on different parts of the body.They sprinkle water over head and brush the teeth for 360 times with Dantiwan, a sacred plan.By taking one more ritual bath in sacred water,devotees feel blessed that their all sins are cleansed away.
The women perform the pooja in the month of Shravan and
garland the Goddess,made up of Aghoda and Durva leaves.In some
places the face of the Goddess is placed on the bunch of Aghada
This is grown in the months of Ashadha and Shravan months.In Bhadrapada it becomes full-fledged and its medicinal instincts are prominently noticed in the same month.Then cold-water bath was taken and later, the idol of Saptarshi on small wooden platform in the form of seven bettle nuts was placed and pooja was performed.
The devotee used to eat only those fruits,which grow below the ground and avoided
the food,prepared from the grains grown
from the toiling of bullocks.
‘Hrishabhadeva’ was the first and the most sacred Teerthankar as per
the Jains,who is also known as Aadinath. ‘Rishi Panchami’ day is
observed in the name of Aadinath.The Hindus and the Jains have the same
feeling and motive behind observing this Vrat of Rishi Panchami.
Panchami Vratha katha is mentioned in several scriptures as
a conversation between Lord Brahma and the king Sitasale.King Sitasale asked Lord Brahma,about a fast or
Vrata which would provide
him a quick result.Lord Brahma told him the importance and the significance
of Rishi Panchami vrat.
One day while sleeping in the cottage,the daughter's body was seen covered with the ants.The parents were frightened and soon called the Brahmins.The Brahmins performed perticular rituals and confirmed tha, in her previous birth,she had entered into the kitchen on the day of menstruation.
The Brahmins told them about the significance and puja procedure of Rushi
Panchami Rajaswala Vrat and asked them to perform the vrata to get rid of
the bad effects of the daughters mistake in her previous birth.Uttank and
Sushila made their daughter to perform Rishi
Panchami puja and freed her
from the rajasvala dosha of her previous birth.
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