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Festivals in Andhra Pradesh

Naga Panchami
Naga Panchami is an important all-India festival and is celebrated on the fifth day of the moonlit-fortnight in the month of Shravan (July /August).

This is the time when serpents invariably come out of their holes that get inundated with rain-water to seek shelter in gardens and many times in houses. As such they pose a great danger to man.

Naga literally means 'serpent' and panchami is the 'fifth day'. So Nagapanchami is the festival which is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright fortnight in the hindi month also known as lunar month of Shravan which falls in July - August as per English Calendar.

This is the time when most of India is covered with monsoon clouds and is related with the rainy season

There are many legends associated with Naga Panchami or Nag Panchami. It is said that on this day lord Krishna got victory on kaliya nag so this festival is a very important day for Hindu people in there life.

As this is the day of the serpents, devotees pour milk into all the holes in the ground around the house or near the temple to propitiate them. Sometimes, a small pot of milk with some flowers is placed near the holes so that the snakes may drink it. If a snake actually drinks the milk, it is considered to be extremely lucky for the devotee. All, especially women, celebrates the festival with much enthusiasm.

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