Fervour, gaiety marks Nagara Panchami in DK, Udupi

Paryaya Puthige seer Sri Sugunendra theertha offering special prayers to the Naga idols at Sri Krishna Mutt in Udupi on Sunday. DH photo

On the day, people go to temples and snake pits to worship Naga Devata (Serpent God). It is believed to be one of the most auspicious days of the entire year. Kukke Shree Subramanya temple, Kudupu Shree Anantha Padmanabha Temple and Anantha Padmanabha temple at Manjeshwara are famous temples dedicated to Naga where Nagara Panchami is celebrated in a grand way. In fact, a ‘serpentine’ queue of devotees was found at various temples across the district to offer pooja to the idols of Naga and seek his blessings for the well being of the family. They offered fresh milk, tender coconut, honey, turmeric and flowers to the stone idols of Naga.

Said to be the god of fertility, several couples who do not have children, offered prayers to the Serpent God.

The ‘naga bana’ situated at the backyard of Kudpu Shree Anantha Padmanabha Temple saw thousands of devotees carrying offerings like tender coconut, milk, honey etc to offer it to the god. Special poojas like ‘Panchamrutha abhisheka’, ‘Naga Thambila’ were offered by the devotees to the God. After the ‘Mahapuje,’ ‘annasantharpane’ (free meals) were served at the temple. A large number of devotees also visited Sharau Mahaganapathy temple and offered their offerings to Naga idol outside the temple.

Apart from the poojas in the temples, poojas were also offered at most of the ‘nagasbanas’ installed at the household levels, localities etc.

Nagara Panchami is synonymous with ‘Manjal eretha gatti’ (sweets made in turmeric leaf). It is a typical dish prepared in all the houselholds who observe this festival in the region.

In Udupi

Even in Udupi, Nagara Panchami was celebrated by the devotees by offering milk in Nagabana. Paryaya Puthige Sugunendra Seer offered special pooja and ‘abhisheka’ to the Naga idols at Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt. The sale of ‘sampige’ and ‘Kedage’ flowers turmeric leaves were in full swing in Car street from Saturday. Devotees were seen offering ‘Kedage’ flowers to Nagaraja.

Various rituals were performed at Badagupete Vasuki Ananthapadmanabha Temple, Sagri Vasuki Ananthapadmanabha temple, Nagabana in Kalsanka.
Farmers were seen offering special pooja to Naga idol in fields.

DH News Service

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