Rishi Panchami FESTIVALS
Rishi Panchami fast and ritual is
observed o the fifth day of the bright half of Bhadra (August- September). The acts of piety and devotion observed on this day are dedicated to the Sapt Rishis or the Seven
Seers, the mental sons of Brahma- Pulastya, Kratu, Pulaha, Marichi, Atri and Vashistha. It is Primarily a women’s fast and festival, but can be observed even by a ma for the
well- being and happiness of his wife.
An earthen or copper pitcher, filled with water, is installed on an altar sanctified with cow dung, and an eight- petalled lotus is also made thereon. Then, the Sapt Rishis are
worshipped, with betel leaf, flowers, camphor and conjugal excellence, is also worshipped along with the Seven Sages.
On this day at the time of breaking the fast only fruits are taken, salt, milk, ghee and sugar are completely avoided. Brahmins are given Dakshina by the aspirants which it is
believed pleases the Seven Seers and the gods.