The festival of Rishi Panchami is being celebrated on 23 August this year. The fast of Rishi Panchami is observed on Shukla Panchami of Bhadra post.
Usually this fast is observed on the next day of Ganesh Chaturthi and on the second day just after the haratlika Teej fast. This fast is considered as Atal Saubhagyavati fast for women.
Goddesses are not worshiped on this day. Rather, on the fifth date, the Saptarishis are worshiped. According to the scriptural beliefs, all sorrows are removed by observing the fast of Rishi Panchami with pure heart and women attain unmatched good luck in the next life. Let’s know its importance, story and worship method.
Rishi Panchami 2020 Date:
This year Rishi Panchami is being celebrated on 23 August, Sunday. Its auspicious time will be from 11:06 minutes in the morning to 01:41 minutes i.e. the auspicious time is 02 hours 36 minutes.
Significance of Rishi Panchami:
Fasting on the day of Rishi Panchami is fruitful. Legendary belief is that women should observe fast on Rishi Panchami. Because by observing this fast, all her sorrows are removed and she attains happiness, peace and prosperity. If Suhagin women keep this fast then they get the desired fruit.
Bathing of Ganga is also important on this day. Women observe this fast with devotion to seek blessings of Sapta Rishi on this day and wish for happiness, peace and prosperity. In this fast, Rishi Panchami Vrat Katha is heard after worshiping in a legal manner and fasting is done by providing food to the Pandits.
Also, for unmarried women, this fast is considered very important and fruitful.
Rishi Panchami Vrat Puja Vidhi (Rishi Panchami Puja Vidhi):
On Rishi Panchami, women bathe before sunrise
After this, make a square in the temple and make a statue of the Saptarishi.
After that do the Kalash installation. Offer ghee, incense and lamps, fruits etc.
On this day, women should not drink grains.
Offer food to Brahmins after udipan.
Rishi Panchami Vrat Katha:
A long time ago a Brahmin named Vidarbha lived with his family, his family consisted of wife, son and a daughter. The Brahmin married his daughter to a good Brahmin clan but unfortunately his son-in-law died prematurely, after which his widowed daughter returned to her home.
One day at midnight his daughter’s body started getting insects, after which the Brahmin took his daughter to a sage.
The sage said that the Brahmin’s daughter was a Brahmin in a previous life and once she had done housework even when she was menstruating and touching the utensils, due to this, there are insects in her body.
In the scriptures, it is forbidden to do the work of a menstruating woman but the daughter of a Brahmin did not follow it, due to which she has to undergo punishment in this birth.
The sage further said that if the daughter of a Brahmin, by paying obeisance to the Lord, would get forgiveness from the sins of the previous birth if she worshiped Panchami on the occasion of reverence.
According to the sage’s daughter, the girl worshiped and fasted according to the law, after which she was blessed and got rid of the sins of previous birth. In this way, fasting of Rishi Panchami eliminates all sins.