Nag Panchami 2017 or also called Garuda Panchami is celebrated with puja on muhurat and on the auspicious date of 27 July .It falls fifth day of the bright fortnight of the lunar day in the month of Shrawan according to the Hindu calendar and as per their calendar. According to Hindu mythology, people worship snakes by offering milk in return of blessings. Special pujas and rituals are also conducted on the day for snakes. Devotees offer Sweets and flowers to serpents with special mantras being chanted. Snake deities and idols are bathed in milk and worshiped on the day of Nag Panchami.
It is believed that prayers offered to snakes on the day of Nag Panchami would be received by nag devta and devotees blessed with prosperity and health. Many people observe a fast prior to nag panchami the fasting is known as nag Chaturthi. In Gujarat nag Chaturthi is known as bola Chauth.
Indian people believe on various myths and stories behind the celebration of naga panchami according to some, this day is celebrated because of the victory of Lord Krishna over Kaliya in the River Yamuna. Whereas some people celebrate this day because according to them, Lord Brahma created sheshnag (King of snakes). Nag Panchami is also known as Bhratru Panchami and bhaiya pancham, women with brothers worship snakes and its holes, and pray to nagas to protect their brothers from snake bite.