Rishi Panchami Vrat Katha and Importance
Rishi Panchami Fast 2018 – The day to Worship Sapta-Rishi
In accordance with Hindu Lunar Calendar, the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month is celebrated as Rishi Panchami. This comes just after the day of Ganesh Chaturthi and showcases the religious observance of Sapta-Rishi. This year, Rishi Panchami fast is to be done on 14th September 2018. This ceremonial Sapta-Rishi festival is commemorated with a great reverence and devotion among Hindu devotees. This fast is the destroyer of sins and is worth-rewarding, if it’s done by proper set of traditional rituals. Rishi Panchami festival forms an important basis for fasting and pays a reverence gratitude, dedication and respect towards the rishis/munis (sages in Hinduism).
Rishi Panchami Katha:
Once upon a time in the ‘Vidarbha ’state, the Brahmin named Uttak used to live with his wife. They had a son and a daughter in their family. Brahmin married his daughter in a good and reputed Brahmin family. But as the time passed, the husband of the girl gets premature death, and she becomes a widow and on this account she came back to her father’s house. In the middle of a fine day, the girl got worms/insects over her entire body. After noticing her infected body, they got distressed by the grief and took her daughter to Uttak Rishi to know what had happened to their daughter.
Tuktas Rishi conveyed the whole story how she is reincarnated into a Brahmin again (purvajanam) and told everything about his past life. Rishi communicated to her parents about the description of the girl’s earlier birth, and says that the girl was a Brahmin in the previous birth. He added: She had touched the house utensils etc., even after having a rajasla- mahavari (menstruation period) and she started. Because of this unintentionally done sin, she got the worms on its full body.
According to the ancient scriptures, it is forbidden to work when a girl or a lady is on her menstrual periods (rajswala/mahavari), but she did not pay attention to this and anyhow it has to be punished.
Rishi concluded at the end, that if this girl prays for Rishi Panchami, worship with all her hearts for pooja and aks for forgiveness with reverence, she will get rid of her sins sooner. Thus, by keeping fast and revering Rishi Panchami, their daughter got free from her past sin.
The Importance of Rishi Panchami:
This fast was preceded for the men of all the castes, but over time, it is now mostly done by women. Rishi Panchami fast is a fruit worthy for all and owns a great significant.
- On this divine day, taking a holy bathe is very important in a nearby sacred river.
- It is essential to offer panchamrit to Sapta-Rishi statues after bathing in River.
- After this, the sandalwood and vermillion tilak should be applied on them,
- Flowers, sweetmeats, foods, scented incense; lamps etc. should be proffered to Sapt-Rishis.
- Worship them while wearing white clothes yagyopaviton and naivedya along with chanting of mantras.
- It is considered very important to listen to the folklore stories during Rishi Panchami fast by worshiping these sapta-rishis with complete pious practices.