nagpanchami-1Nag Panchami is celebrated on the fifth month of Shravan. We bring to you some highlights of the celebrations in the city. Naga Panchami is the festival of snakes celebrated on the fifth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Shriven. The festival falls during the rainy months and is believed to counter the increased possibility of a snake bite during this time. People visit temples specially dedicated to snakes and worship them. Shiva temples are also favoured places for veneration as snakes are considered dear to him. In South India, people craft images of snakes using cow dung on either side of the entrance to the house to welcome the snake god. Some go to worship the snake which is believed to be hiding in the holes of anthills. They offer milk and silver jewelry to the snakes to protect them from all evils. Many also fast. This festival is to celebrate the day Lord Krishna defeated the serpent Kalia. In the city, nag panchami celebrations were also seen in temples.

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