rishi panchami day is observed in the name of this Aadinath. The motive of such observance between the Hindus and the Jains is the same.
rishi panchami is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Bhadra month (August – September). On the day, tributes are paid to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta. rishi panchami 2009 date is August 24.
rishi panchami is of great importance to the Hindu community in Nepal and in the hill districts of North India. In Nepal, it is the third and final day of Teej festival. rishi panchami is also the final day fasting for those who observe three-day Hartalika Teej fasting.
In Nepal, women observe a strict fast on the rishi panchami day. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also undertaken by men in some regions. The fast is broken after the rishi panchami Pooja.
Women have a special bath on the day using Datiwan herb. Special Kalash is prepared on the day and prayed to. Women in large numbers visit Lord Shiva temples.
rishi panchami is a day of Vrata, to remember the social contribution of these great Rishis and express gratitude. Near the North Pole there are seven ‘Nakshatras’, which are popularly known as ‘Saptarshi’. They are called so, purposely to remember the names of the Rishis permanently.
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