Symbol and Patotsav

Nagars have been given three symbols according to the Skand purana. Gnatibhaskar- by Jwalaprasad Mishra also speaks of the three symbols of Nagars:

Kalam(Pen): Kalam denotes intellect, literary proficiency, Depth in thought, administrative skills and statesman. It is said that the writings by Nagars, on any subject, are always the best.

Kadchhi(Ladle): Kadchhi is a culinary instrument denoting the proficiency of Nagar men and women in culinary efforts. The food in a Nagar household is always tasty healthy and hygienic. Kadcchi however, depicts a much larger quality of Nagars. The main purpose of kadchhi is to stir the food and to serve the same. In a sense the Nagars serve the purpose of stirring the society by their revolutionary ideas, thoughts and deeds and at the same time also serve the needy and deprived ones in the society.

Barchhi(Small spear): Nagars have fought many a battles to safeguard their culture, religion and the Nation and therefore Barchhi denotes the bravery, fearlessness, valour and courage of Nagars. Barchhi also denotes the willingness of Nagars to fight injustice and fight for the rights of weak, incapable, defenseless and poor.

These three symbols ensemble the entire Nagar culture.

Patotsav ( Hatkesh Jayanti )

Hatkeshwar Patotsav is celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Chaudas which is also believed to be the date of incarnation of Lord Hatkeshwar. Apart from Skand Puran, references of Lord Hatkeshwar are also found in Shiv Puran, Vaman Puran and Bhagwatma Puran.

Mother Gauri(Annapurna) is the ishtadevi of Nagars. Nagars are therefore called devotees of Shiv-shakti. Nagar culture is believed to be influenced by Shaiv Culture. The birth place of nagar culture is believed to be Kailash Mansarovar. Our marriage rituals also depict the Shaiv culture where the groom is treated as Shiv and the bride as Parvati. The main aim of Nagars is believed to be the attainment of Shivatva and Shakti. Shakti can be in the form of wealth or intelligence. After being displaced from Vadnagar, wherever Nagars went, they excelled in business, education, administration, literature, agriculture and politics.