Women gear up for Nagula Chavithi

October 29, 2011 19:17
Women gear up for Nagula Chavithi

NagulachavithiMillions of women in AP will celebrate the Nagula Chavithi festival on Sunday, Oct 30 worshipping the Serpent Gods and Goddesses. Women offer milk to serpents at serpent mounts and pits on roads and in temples and also observe fasting during the day.

The most auspicious festival is celebrated on the fourth day of Deepawali in Karthika Masam every year and usually followed by Naga Panchami and Naga Shasti on the next two days.

While the women offer milk to snakes at snake pits seeking their blessings for the well being of their families, the age old practice was mainly introduced by our ancestors to keep the human beings in tune with nature and to recognize the importance of instruments of nature.

The practice is also aimed at removing the fear of snakes among the human beings and generally keeping the people off snakes with a sacred thinking.

Even unmarried girls would also visit temples and offer prayers to snake gods and goddesses in the snake pits seeking their blessings for quick marriage and for doing well in education. The ritual is observed in almost all states of India by women, though the modes of worship differ.

According to mythology, Lord Shiva wears snake as an instrument of decoration around his neck to indicate that he drank the poison Halahalam or Kalakuta Visham to save the universe during the famous incident of Samudra Mathanam. Every Hindu knows the mythological story that poison has come out first when Samudra Mathanam was undertaken following a tiff between the divine and the demonic.

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