Naag Pancham

According to the Hindu mythology, the Lord Vishnu is shielded under the hood of a cobra and so the snake has been an object of devotion in India for a long time. Nag Panchami is celebrated in honour of Naga Deva, the snake god and this day is marked by the worship of snakes. The word Naga literally means ‘serpent’ and the word Panchami means the ‘fifth day’. Nag Panchami, the festival of snakes is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Shriven. It is observed to minimize the danger of snakebites in the monsoon months. Na Panchami itself is celebrated differently in different parts of India and also by the various communities. In South India, people make images of snakes from cow dung and place them on either side of the entrance to their house as a sign to welcome the snake god, Nag Deva.