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Jaipur celebrates Nag Panchami with revived fervour
In last few years, even those Hindu festivals that were fading away have seen a revival. In Jaipur, Nag Panchami, the festival dedicated to worship of snakes was observed by the Hindus with fervour on July 14.

Though festival was on the decline due to the efforts of animal activists and social activists throughout India, but once again, the festival celebrated on the fifth day of bright half of Lunar month of Shravan seems to have enlisted increased participation.

Once again, snake charmers became active in towns and villages displaying snakes in their baskets or around their neck to attract worshippers for offerings of prayers and blessings this Nag Panchami.

In Shiva temples in the city, the serpent deities made of silver, stone or wood were bathed with milk and then revered by chanting and offering flowers.

In Rajasthan villages, the wall paintings or mandanas were made and offered prayers by women of the households. They offered flour, milk, curd and butter to the snake deity as oblation.

In south India, both sculpted and live snakes were worshipped on the festival day. In Kerala, Nairs are serpent-worshipers and for Nag Panchami day, Nair women fast the previous day. They, then on the Nag Panchami Day, take bath at dawn and offer prayers to serpent deity.

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