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Nagara Panchami

Nagara Panchami, an important festival for people of Tulunadu, is held on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of Amavasya in the Shravan month (mid July – mid August).

It is believed in Tulunadu that before humans appeared on earth, the whole earth was the home Nagas (serpents) and to accommodate human beings they went underground. Nagara Panchami puja is performed as thanksgiving to this kind act by the Nagas.

On the Nagara Panchami day the main offering is a concoction made of sweetened milk mixed with honey and sugar. Early morning, places where there are Naga Murtis or Naga Prathishta are cleaned and decorated with flowers and turmeric powder. Special pujas are offered to the Naaga devas. Flowers of arecanut tree and flowers of fragrant screw pine are offered on the day.

The monsoon season is at its zenith during the Shravan month when Nagara Panchami is observed. The burrows of the snakes will be filled with water and the snakes move to areas occupied by humans. The pujas conducted are to avoid snake bites and to keep the nagas happy.

The most famous Nagara Panchami pujas are held at Kudupu Anantha Padmanabha Temple (on the way to Moodbidri from Mangalore) and Kukke Subrahmanya Temple 🙏

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