Naga Panchami


Although one sees a live snake in the Valley, they are very much with us, as evidenced by the wood, stone and metal carved serpents which adore the idols of the gods and the kings alike, the temples and the shrines, water taps and sunken ponds and even shops and homes. For since the time immemorial the people of the Valley as with the kingdom itself have respected and worshipped the snakes as guardian deities.

Nag Panchami - The days of the snake gods falls during the monsoon rains on the fifth of the brightening lunar fortnight late in July or early August, actually within the Buddhist holy month of Gunla. In this day every shop, temple, mansion and hut honors the Serpent deities by displaying pictures of Naga over the doorways and holding ceremonial worship before them.
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