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About nag panchami
Nag Panchami is a festival that involves worship of snakes as serpent gods. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright half of the Lunar month Shravan which happens to be in July / August. Similar to the other parts of India, the devotees in Bihar also celebrate Nag Panchami to appease the serpent gods. The deities of serpents made of stone, silver or wood are given bath using milk and then worshipped so that they protect them from snake bites and or any harm from snakes. Other than temples dedicated to serpent deities, temples of Lord Shiva also have equal significance on this day because of the association of snakes with Lord Shiva. In Bihar, people carry snakes on their hands and are paraded through the streets as a part of the festivities.
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It is an exciting sight to watch devotees holding snakes on a parade through the streets on the day of Naga Panchami.
Snakes are worshipped to get the blessings of serpent god and to negate bad karma. People also offer prayers at Shiva temples on this day due to his close association with snake.