Know the significance of Rishi Purnima
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is falling tomorrow, i.e. September 20, 2023. The Rishi Panchami fast is observed on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada. This day is especially dedicated to honoring the sages of India.
According to the Hindu calendar, Rishi Panchami festival is celebrated a day after Ganesh Chaturthi. Since this day is dedicated to honouring the sages of India, therefore there is great importance in giving donations to Brahmins on the day of Rishi Panchami. Besides, by fasting on the day of Rishi Panchami, one gets forgiveness from the mistakes committed knowingly or unknowingly by a person. In such a situation, let us find out about all the important things related to Rishi Panchami fast.
Importance of Rishi Panchami
The day of Rishi Panchami is mainly dedicated to the Saptarishis. According to religious stories, these seven sages are Vashishtha, Kashyap, Atri, Jamadagni, Gautam, Vishwamitra and Bhardwaj. It is also believed that taking bath in Ganga on this day frees one from all kinds of sins committed knowing and unknowingly and one also receives the blessings of Saptarishis.
Rishi Panchami 2023 Mahurat
According to the Panchang, Panchami Tithi will start from 01:43 pm on Tuesday, September 19 and this will end on September 20 at 02:16 pm. According to Udaya Tithi
, the fast for Rishi Panchami will be observed on 20th September. The time of worship of Rishi Panchami is from 11:19 am to 01:45 am.
Rishi Panchami fasting method
After this, one should clean the house and temple thoroughly.This is followed by collecting the worship materials like incense, lamp, fruits, flowers, ghee, panchamrit etc. and spread a red or yellow cloth on a post.Keep the picture of Saptarishi on the post.If you wish, you can also install the picture of your Guru on this day.After installing their picture, one should offer them fruits, flowers and naivedya etc. and ask for forgiveness for the mistakes and sins committed by you.
On Rishi Panchami, one should wake up early in the morning and take bath and wear clean clothes.
After this one should perform Aarti and distribute Prasad among everyone.
Mythological Talesabout Rishi Panchami
According to the mythological tales about Rishi Panchami, in Satyayuga, a Brahmin named Sumitra, who had deep knowledge about the Vedas, lived with his wife Jayashree.
They earned their living by farming. Their son's name was Sumati, who was a complete scholar and a very hospitable person. When their time came, both of them coincidentally died together. Jayshree was reborn as a bitch and her husband Sumitra was reborn a bull.
Luckily, both of them started living in their son Sumati's house. Once Sumati performed Shraddha for his parents. His wife cooked kheer to feed the Brahmins, which was unknowingly spoiled by a snake. The bitch was watching this incident. Thinking that the Brahmins who eat the kheer will die, she herself touched the kheer. Enraged at this, Sumati's wife beat the bitch badly. He then cleaned all the utensils and made kheer again and fed it to the Brahmins and buried its pot in the ground. Because of this the bitch remained hungry that day.
When it was midnight, the bitch came to the bull and narrated the whole story to him. The bull said sadly - 'Today Sumati tied my mouth and plowed me and did not even let me graze on the grass. This is causing great pain to me too.'
Sumati was listening to both of them and came to know that the bitch and the bull were his parents. He then fed both of them a full meal and went to the sages and asked the reason for the reason why his parents' were born as animals and how could they find freedom from that.
The sages asked him to observe fast on Rishi Panchami for their salvation. As per the orders of the sages, Sumati observed Rishi Panchami fast with full devotion, as a result of which her parents were freed from their animal life.
Why is Rishi Panchami special for women?
According to mythological belief, women are prohibited from doing religious activities and household work during menstruation. In such a situation, if during this period, one accidentally touches the material of worship or if make any mistake knowingly or unknowingly while performing such religious rituals, then udnertaking the Rishi Panchami fast, the women are freed from all their sins and mistakes. This fast is observed as an atonement for the mistakes committed during menstruation. Women of every class can do this.