visiting the mandapams, the people of the sate celebrate
this festival by placing the idols of King Cobra outside
their houses. Made up of cow dung, the idols are a medium of
invitation through which the devotees request the Cobra to
come to their houses. During the ceremony, bowls of milk are
often found in different spots of the grounds and open
fields which are the possible dwelling places of snakes.
Locally known as Nagula Cahvithi, the festival is followed
in the rainy season of shravana. Since the numbers of
casualties caused by snake bites are the highest during this
time, so more and more people participate in the festival
with the hope that King Cobra will protect them from other
Various folklores glorifying the magical power of King cobra
are prevalent in the state of Andhra Pradesh. While some
describes the gigantic form of the seven-headed Cobra, some
others beautifully personifies the leader of all serpents
who fulfills the wishes of his followers.
An age-old festival followed in both the remote areas and
urban corners of Andhra Pradesh, Nagapanchami honors the
outstanding energy and supremacy of Cobra.