Hindu devotees on Sunday celebrated the Naag (the serpent god) Panchami festival across the country paying homage to serpents.
A man offering milk to the statue of Naag (serpent god) at Naag Pokhari in...
Honoring the serpent god, the devotees performed pooja and pasted portraits of Naags over the main gates of their houses.
There is a religious belief that pasting the picture of the serpent god above the main door of houses and offering worship to the deity on this day protects the house from lightning and fire and the family from snakes and scorpions.
According to Hindu scriptures, the serpent-gods are the protector of earth and associated with rain. People believe that worship of Naags insures that there will be no drought.
Devotees gathered at Naag Bahal in Patan, Basukithan in Pashupatinath and Naag Pokhari in Naxal, Kathmandu to pay homage to the serpent deity. A special festival was organised at Naag Pokhari to mark the festival.
Special religious fairs were also held at different Naag kunda or ponds dedicated to the serpent deity throughout the country Sunday. Nepalnews.com