Naag Panchami 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

I again missed the festival of Naag Panchami this year. I even missed to post it in the exact date in this blog of mine. It was on 18th of August this year. This festival also has a great value in Hindu culture and as with most of the festivals it also has a story behind it.

In Hinduism, the Naag (divine serpent) is glorified as the giver of rain. On the day of Naag Panchami, devotees paste pictures of the Naag over their doorways and pay homage. Devotees also throng Taudaha (meaning big pond) which is 6 kilometers to the south of Kathmandu. There they worship Karkotak Naag, the serpent-king. Karkotak moved to this dwelling after Lord Manjushree drained the Kathmandu Valley, which used to be a lake in ages past, by slicing a passage through the hills to make it inhabitable. Nagdaha lake is another distination for pilgrims where they offer worship to the serpent-gods.

So mostly this day you will find most of the houses with posters of Naag over their doorways and the market will be full of sellers of posters of Naag. Temples of Shiva (his ornaments is made of live snakes) can too be seen crowded with devotees. Other views would be people feeding milk to Naag brought by mostly Indian snake handler in their bags.

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