Importance of Naga Worship
‘Naga’ is the snake, and this occupies an important place in our religious domain. Our tradition regards the snakes as a form of divinity, and the legends carry many stories involving the snake Gods and Goddesses. Snake-worship has been a very ancient practice in our land, prevalent even during the Vedic times. An occasion itself is earmarked exclusively for such reverence, and that is known as Naga Panchami. This day of revering the snakes is observed with piety on the Shukla Paksha Panchami, the fifth lunar day in the Moon’s bright fortnight in the month of Shravan (July–August).
Naga Moola Mantra
The Naga Moola Mantra reads as follows:
Om Namo Bhagavathe
The word ‘Moola’ means the seed or source and ‘Moola Mantra’ can be considered as the seed sound of the deity. Naga Moola Mantra can be regarded as the fundamental and principal mantra dedicated to the Snake God. Devotees to please the serpent Gods and Goddesses, and earn their blessings chant this hymn.
While it is ideal to chant this mantra daily, reciting it at least on the days of Panchami Thithi (5th Moon) would prove to be beneficial. The chanting can also be done on Chaturthi Thithi, the fourth lunar day or Purnima, the Full Moon day for good effect. The initiation of the mantra can be done on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi and Shukla Paksha Panchami days, and on the Naga Chaturthi and Naga Panchami days. The highly auspicious early morning time of Brahma Muhurth is most suitable for this recitation. The mantra can also be chanted during sunset time in the evening.
The hymn should be chanted for a minimum of 11 times. It is, however, suggested that the number can be increased and the recitation can be done for 33, 108 or 1008 times a day. It is also believed that chanting the Moola Mantra for 1008 times a day for nine consecutive Full Moon days, or chanting it for one lakh times on the Naga Chaturthi or Naga Panchami days, can help to obtain spiritual attainments like Mantra Siddhi.
This is a simple mantra which can be chanted both by men and women of all ages. All it requires is purity of heart and implicit faith in the divine power.
Benefits of Chanting Naga Moola Mantra
The benefits that are believed to accrue on the chanting of Naga Moola Mantra are many and varied. It can clear or minimize the effects of afflictions like Naga Dosha, Sarpa Dosha, and Kala Sarpa Dosha and remove the fear of all types of reptiles including snakes. This can also prove to be a proper remedy for other afflictions like Lizard Dosha. Some people might have also caused the deaths of snakes or the destruction of their habitats, and this mantra chanting can be an effective means of seeking the forgiveness of the snake Gods for such omissions and commissions.
The shadow planets Rahu and Ketu are believed to be snake-forms only, where the former is regarded as the head of the serpent, while the latter, the tail. These heavenly bodies are also considered malefic by nature, which can cause harms and impediments in the lives of the people when they are placed in a disadvantageous position. It is believed that the Naga Moola Mantra recitation can negate the Rahu-Ketu ill effects too and relieve devotees of the resultant afflictions.