KATHMANDU, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Hindu devotees in Nepal are celebrating the
Naag Panchami, a festival of snakes across the country worshipping the serpent
deity with great reverence on Sunday.
The festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the waxing moon in the Nepali month
of Shrawan, according to the Lunar Calendar. The Shrawan month begins from July
16 to Aug. 16.
On the occasion, devotees paste pictures of Naag (serpent deity)above the
main gate of houses, with the belief that houses will be protected from
lightning and fire and the family from snakes and scorpions.
Offerings of milk, ghee, sweets, water and rice are also made at the sites
of snake holes. Devotees consider themselves lucky if snakes drink offered
In Hinduism, the Naag is considered as divine and the divine serpents are
believed to be a guardian of the ground.
Devotees are thronging to several temples in the capital Kathmandu
including Naag Bahal in Patan, Basukithan in Pashupatinath and Naag Pokhari in
Naxal to pay homage to the serpent deity.
All the eight serpent deities in the Pantheon are worshipped Sunday by
offering milk and incense. The eight serpent deities areAnanta, Basuki, Padama,
Mahapadma, Takshyaka, Kuleer, Karkata and Sankha.
Special religious fairs are also held at different Naga kunda or ponds dedicated to the serpent deity throughout the country on Sunday.