Rishi Panchami

Rishi Panchami

August-September; fifth day of waxing half of Hindu month of Bhadrapada
Hindus devote the day of Rishi Panchami to the Sapta Rishis, also known as the seven seers or mental sons of Brahma: Bhrigu, Pulastya, Kratu, Pulaha, Marichi, Atri, and Vasistha. An earthenware or copper pitcher filled with water is placed on an altar sanctified with cow dung. The seven seers are then worshipped with betel leaf, flowers, camphor, and lamps. Only fruits are eaten on this day.
Rishi Panchami is primarily a women's festival, but men may observe it for the well-being and happiness of their wives. Devi Arundhati, the wife of Rishi Vasistha and a model of conjugal excellence, is also worshipped on this day.
SOURCES:
RelHolCal-2004, p. 174
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Nepalese women offer prayer along the bank of the Bagmati River, during the Rishi Panchami festival, in Kathmandu on September 20.