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Most of us live in cities. We are not exposed to snakes and only come across pictures of snakes. Let me tell you about Nag Panchami the festival of snakes. Nag Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the month of Shravan. Like other parts of India especially Maharashtra, W.Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh people in Bihar too celebrate this festival.
Some people explain this festival by saying that during this period, rain water floods the holes of snakes and they come out of their holes. There is every chance of their entering households and biting people which have been a dangerous reptile and bite people. The Nag Panchami festival is therefore celebrated to appease the snake god. People offer milk during Nag Panchami to the snake god. The most important centre of worship in Bihar is in Rajgir. The place finds mention even in the Mahabharata as the abode of serpents.
I would like my friends to contribute Nag Panchami celebrations in their states.