Rishi Panchami is falls on the
fifth day of the Shukla Paksha in the in the month of August and
September (Bhadra in Hindi month). In Hill district of North India and
Nepal Rishi Panchami Puja is of great importance to the Hindu community.
Rishi Panchami is also the final day fasting or Vrata for those who
observe three-day Hartalika Teej fasting. Rishi Panchami Puja is very
difficult that any other festival. The fast or vrata on Rishi Panchami
is performed strictly by men and women.
On Rishi Panchami day, Devotees perform ritual bath in holy rivers or
other water bodies. They clean their hands 108 times and the mouth also
108 times. Lord Ganesha, Navagraha (nine planetary Gods), Saptarshis
(seven Sages) and Arundathi are worshipped. Woman offer the Prasad to
Gods and wash her husband's feet.
Then, women once more perform sacred bath. They rub the special red mud
for several times on different parts of the body. They sprinkle water
over head and brush the teeth for 360 times with Dantiwan, a sacred
plant. With taking ritual bath once again in sacred water devotees
believe blessed that their all sins are cleansed away.