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Naag Panchami


The fifth day of Shravan, in July/August, is dedicated to snake worship during the festival of Naag Panchami. Live cobras or their images are worshipped. Women worship Ananta the cosmic snake in temples. In Bengal, Manasa is worshipped as the goddess of snakes. 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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