Naga Panchami: Worshipping Snakes
Snakes are considered as gods and celebrated on the fifth of the brightening lunar fortnight late in July or early August is celebrated to offer worship and to show reverence to serpent gods believed to be dwelling down in Patal, the Nether world.
This festival is observed because of the belief that the snake gods, when assuaged, bring sufficient rains, prevent water fountains from draught, cure disease and guard treasures. Special offerings of milk, ghee are made to please the snake deities near water spouts, pools, springs and streams. Pictures of snake deities are made and pasted on front doors on the occasion.
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This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.