Naga Panchami in Nepal

It is a day chosen to worship the naga (sacred snakes) and pray for the protection from the flood and other water related fears. This day honors the Nagas, the snake-gods, who in Nepal are associated with rain. The festival honors an ancient victory of a king, who was also a Tantric master, over the nagas, who had been withholding the rain. The king forced their submission by casting magic spells over them. Worship of the Nagas on this day, a compromise the conqueror graciously bestowed, insures there will be no drought. Nepalese purchase Naga portraits from the street stalls the day before and on the morning of Naga Panchami attach these over their doorways. They then perform a small puja and leave a food offering in the yards and paddies for the snakes.

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