Nag Panchami

- September 4, 2021


In certain parts of North India, such as Varanasi, traditional akharas i.e. venues for wrestling, are cleaned thoroughly and decorated on the occasion of Nag Panchami. In Hindu mythology, snakes often symbolise virility and it is this aspect of the snake that the wrestlers worship on this day.

Note: The catching and using of snakes are banned under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Citizens must offer prayers to snake idols or images.

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