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Naga Panchami

altCelebrated on the 5th day after the new moon in Saaun, this festival honours nagas (serpent deities) across the country. Nagas are considered to have magical powers over the monsoon season. Legend has it that a holy man transform into a snake to kill an evil naga. But when he emerged from the battle, victorious and still in his snake form, his terrified assistant did not recognise him and fled – taking the bowl of rice that would had transformed the holy man back into his human form. Pictures of nagas are displayed over doorways for protection and food is left out for snakes, in case one could possibly be the cursed holy man.


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