Rishi Panchami celebrating today
Rishi Panchami is observed, the next day after Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of Bhadra in the Lunar calendar.
It is a traditional worship of Sapta Rishi. The seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta.
People express respect, gratitude and remembrance of the great deeds of those ancient Rishis, who devoted their life for the welfare of the society.
On Rishi Panchami, a ritual bath is taken in holy rivers, ponds or in other water masses. Lord Ganesh, Navagraha(nine planetary Gods), Saptarshis (seven Sages) and Arundathi are worshipped on this day.
On this auspicious day, the devotees use 108 pieces of upmarga, a kind of medicinal plant, to brush their teeth after relieving their bowels early in the morning. They use upmarga because it is very beneficial which in sanskrit means destroyer of diseases. After cleaning their teeth they apply clean soil all over their body before they take bath. After bath they consume a drop or two of Panchagabya, a kind of potion prepared by mixing milk, curd, butter, excreta of cow, kush and dubo kept in a copper container, panchagabya is considered very sacred by the Hindus and they believe that the potion thus prepared cures tuberculosis and skin diseases which are infections. All the ingredients used in preparing panchagabya are in proportion.
Now after having purified both the body and the mind the devotee offers prayer to diyo, kalash and Lord Ganesh and either through sixteen or five mediums offer their heartfelt prayers to rishis like Kashyap, Arti, Bhardhog, Biswamitra, Gautam, Jamdagni Basista etc and finally end their fast by properly feeding and generously donating the brahmin that conducts the day’s puja .
The Hindu women believe that the fast of Rishi Panchami not only ensures their fedility towards their husbands but also showers blessings upon themselves and upon their family members. They believe that every member of their family would be granted long life, courage and wisdom.
Since the fast not only purifies the women but all members of her family from their sins.It is also believed that Rishi Panchami Fast is a festival for repentance and deliverance from the sins women commit during their menstrual period.