Rishi Panchami is observed on September 14, 2018 by Hindu women with fasting and special prayers. It is the fifth day, the next day after Ganesh Chaturthi day in Bhadrapad month of the Lunar calendar. It is a traditional worship of Sapta Rishi. The seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta. In some parts of Kerala the day is also observed as Vishwakarma Puja.
People fast and offer prayers at specific Muhurat of the day. Rishi is a Vedic term which means “sages” who realise the supreme truth and knowledge after intense meditation. Sapta Rishi is the worship of sages including Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni, and Vashishta. On Rishi Panchami, Hindu women devotees fast to express gratitude to the ancient sages who devoted their life for the well being of the society.
The day is in remembrance of the sages who left worldly desires for others. Rishi Panchami is known as Vishwakarma Puja in some parts of Kerala. On this day, people take a ritual bath in holy rivers and offer prayers. Women who observe this day offer Prasad to Gods and wash their husband’s feet. People worship Lord Ganesh, Navagraha which is the nine planetary Gods, Saptarshis, the seven Sages and Arundathi.
Muhurat timings: 1:09am to 1:35pm
Duration = 2 Hours 24 Minutes
Panchami Tithi Begins = 14:51 on 13/Sep/2018
Panchami Tithi Ends = 14:23 on 14/Sep/2018
Rishi Panchami is also widely celebrated in Nepal. Followers of Hinduism in Nepal observe the day with special prayers and fasting. In some regions, the three days fasting for Hartalika Teej ends on Rishi Panchami.