Rishi Panchami is also known as Bhadrapada Shukla Panchami, which arrives two days after Hartalika Teej and one day after Ganesh Chaturthi. According to the Georgian calendar, the day of Rishi Panchami falls in August or September. On Rishi Panchami, Hindus keep a special fast, especially observed by women, to pay their highest respect to the Sapta rishis (seven sages) and eradicate doshas caused by planetary combinations. In 2021, this auspicious day will arrive in mid-September. Read on to know the Rishi Panchami importance and ancient story.
2021 Rishi Panchami Date and Timings
|Muhurats||Date / Time|
|Rishi Panchami||11th September 2021- Saturday|
|Panchami Tithi Begins:||09:57 PM on 10th Sep 2021|
|Panchami Tithi Ends:||07:37 PM on 11th Sep 2021|
Significance of Rishi Panchami
According to Hindu tradition, women who are expecting babies or in their menstrual period are not allowed to engage in religious activities or domestic duties. They are also refrained from doing activities in the kitchen. They are even forbidden from touching religious items. If this criterion is broken by mistake or for other reasons, it causes Dosha in the ladies who violated it. And to remove such doshas, women observe Rishi Panchami Vrat.
While observing fast, devotees express their respect, gratitude, and remembrance of the great deeds of those ancient sages, who dedicated their lives for the welfare of society. Rishi Panchami Vrat is the destroyer of sins and gives favourable outcomes if it is done by a proper set of traditional rituals. The Rishi Panchami celebration serves as a foundation for fasting and is a symbol of devotion, commitment, and respect for the sages.
Rishi Panchami Vrat Katha
Once upon a time, in a kingdom, a Brahmin lived with his wife, son, and daughter. The Brahmin’s daughter got married to a good and reputed Brahmin family. But as time passed, the girl’s husband died prematurely, and she became a widow, and hence, returned to her father’s house. After a few days, the whole body of the girl got infected with worms. After seeing her infected body, they were grieved and took their daughter to Sage Uttak to know what exactly happened to their daughter.
The sage told the Brahmin and his family about the previous birth of the girl. He further added that during menstruating, she had touched the utensils or other places of the house, which is why she fell prey to all these pains. Due to this unintentional sin, her whole body was covered with worms.
According to ancient scriptures, women who are in the menstruation period cannot be a part of religious rituals or activities. The girl didn’t realize the ancient facts, and she faced the punishment somehow. At last, the sage advised the girl to keep Rishi Panchami Vrat and ask for forgiveness with all her heart and reverence. By doing so, she would be freed from her sins. Observing Rishi Panchami, after some time, Brahmin’s daughter was freed from all her past sins.
Rishi Panchami Puja Vidhi
On this auspicious day, devotees get ready wearing clean clothes. They make a square using turmeric, kumkum, and roli in front of their home temple. Then, they install the idol of Sapta Rishi on the mandala to pour pure water and panchamrit over the picture. Thereafter, they apply sandalwood and a bunch of flowers to the Saptarishi. Now, worshippers make them wear the sacred thread (Yajnopaveet). As a part of rituals, they offer white clothes along with fruits, sweets, and jaggery. In many areas, this Rashi Panchami ritual is organized on the banks of the river or near the pond. On concluding puja, women do not consume food grains. Instead of that, they consume a special kind of rice on the day of Rishi Panchami.
Steps to perform Rishi Panchami Vrat
- On this auspicious day, take a bath in the nearby holy river.
- After bathing in the river, offer panchamrit to the idols of Sapta Rishi.
- After this, apply tilak of sandalwood and vermilion on them.
- Offer flowers, incense sticks, sweets, food items, fragrant incense, lamps, etc. to the Saptarishis.
- Rituals should be performed wearing white clothes, Yagyopavitas, and Naivedya with continuous chanting of mantras.
- Listen to Rishi Panchami Vrat Katha throughout the day.
We learned that there are strict guidelines for those who are observing Rishi Panchami Vrat. Especially, those who are mom-to-be need to avoid cooking activities or their involvement in any religious activities. This is because it is believed that neglecting these guidelines may lead to Rajaswala Dosha. So, it is advisable to observe a fast on Rishi Panchami to get rid of such doshas. Besides, Rishi Panchami Vrat is also observed by Nepali Hindus. With this, we wish you a pleasant time on the occasion of Rishi Panchami.