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Naag Panchami

Naag Panchami is a festival dedicated to snake worship. It is observed on the fifth day of the month of Shravan corresponding to July/August when live cobras or their images are worshipped. Women worship 'Ananta', the cosmic snake, or in some places like West Bengal, 'Manasa' is worshipped as the goddess of snakes. Lord Shiva is also worshipped since he wears snakes as ornaments. Snakes are fed with milk and sweets and released into the forests.    

 


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