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Nagarapanchami Naadige Doddadu
 
Published Date: 20 Aug, 2007 (8:49 AM)

By Team Mangalorean
Photographs: RK Bhat

Mangalore, August 18, 2007: The headline looks apt for the occasion. The ancient Hindu mythology maintains that the entire world belonged to the Naaga Devatha and when God found a new species in human beings he asked the Naga Devatha to go underground and guard the species which lived on the top. Various Samhitas and Puranas speak volumes of the importance of the Nagaradhane.

In Dakshina Kannada district the Nagaradhane is done in a big way through drawing ‘Nagamandlas' which is believed to rid a family or a community or even a larger group of people of their sins. Similarly,  there are dedicated Naga Sthanas (shrines) for families and communities which are up-kept by the designated community or the family.

But Nagara Panchami is a festival which heralds the beginning of the festive season. It is observed on the first Panchami according to the Hindu almanac (Panchanga) in the Shravana season. This is when the door of Vaikunta (abode of Vishnu) opens for all good works. It is a clear message that the first pooja should be given to the Naaga Devatha.  It could be recalled here that those who build new houses pray to the Naga devatha even before they begin digging for the foundation. The prayer requests the Naga Devatha to move away from the land which has been chosen for constructing a dwelling for the human being.

Naga Panchami is a festival of offering the first ‘Havissu' (portion of milk sweetened with honey and Sugar). On this day the Naga Parthishte will be cleaned and decorated with flowers, turmeric powder and given Abhisheka of tender coconut, milk honey and special poojas are performed. It is customary on that day that lord Varuna (rain god) also provides showers.

On this day every household in Hindu society offer tender coconut, milk, sugar, flowers -especially Kedige. Usually head of the family offers these things at a Naaga Sthana nearest to his house and the pooja vidhana is called ‘Tambila'. At a given time people from the neighbourhood assemble near the Naaga Sthana and partake in Tambila.

There are few special places in Dakshina Kannada district that includes, Kudupu Ananthapadmanabha temple (on the way to Moodbidri from Mangalore) and Kukke Subramanya temple in Sullia taluk where people throng with their families and offer poojas.

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rakesh, India Aug 4, 2011
Hai all my friends wish u a happy nag panchami
rakesh k rao, India Aug 4, 2011
Hai all my friends wish u happy nagarapanchami
V. Varambally, India Aug 5, 2008
Good information regarding our tradition.. New generation at least can know what is nagapanchami what we used to do..
Thank a lot .. Very very informative
kulamarva balakrishna, Austria Aug 18, 2007
The practices are different. In Bombay live snakes are fed on streets. The specialty is that most of these snakes are kept in baskets for worshiping by Muslim snake charmers. In Kolhapur on Nagapanchami a special tribe catch wild snakes for worship and then leave them back into the holes.

But in the nineteenth century, a Russian scientist Dr.Hafkin established a snake venom collection centre in Bombay and kept live snakes. The great centre is named after him, where even wipers of all kinds could be seen. Recently an American, Dr.Whitekar came to India to establish a snake park in Madras, where he has about 25,000 reptiles! The park is a tourist attraction.

Just beyond Kancheepuram, made famous by murder accused Swami, on way to Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram, there are people who keep snakes as cattle but in pots and =milk= them daily for venom. An added tourist attraction there is the Crocodile Park with some six thousand crocodiles of all kinds seen in the world! Of course in Mahabharata, there is a description of a havan made by the then BJP king Parikshita of Mahabharata.

During the Buddhist times, Eagle or Garuda ate Nagas daily. A Prince came forward to save the snakes and offered himself to the Garuda/Eaggle! The play Nagananda in Sanskrit made the story very famous.

Of course then there is snakebite we have to live with it. At Padubidri recently, a snake came to Yarmal Palmgrove resort of Mr.Kanchan and stole eggs and chicken. I asked him why he did not kill the snake he considered I was =blasphemous! =

Kulamarva Balakrishna

 
 
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