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Nagula Chavithi in Karthika Masam

Nagula Chavithi is observed on the Chavithi during Karthika masam. It is also known as Naga Chaturthi or Nagara Chavithi. In the year 2012, it is observed on November 17. It falls on the fourth day of Shukla Paksha in Karthika Masam as per Telugu calendar.

Nagaula Chavithi is very popular in the South Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and the festival is usually observed for three days. This festival is dedicated to the Naga Devatas.

Legend has it that the snake was used as a rope during the churning of the ocean. The churning of the ocean or the samudra manthan was an important event which was the beginning point of many things and beings in the universe. Hence to give credit to the snake for helping in the churning, the snake is always regarded as a sacred being in Hindu tradition.

During the festival people offer milk to the snake idols in temples and houses as a symbol of feeding them. Some people however directly worship the snake pits which is actually wrong scientifically because it would cause more harm to the snakes.

This festival is mainly observed by the females in the family. They fast during the day and offer puja to the naga devatas. It is also believed that worshipping naga devatas during this festival would also help in removing the negative karma of killing snakes in previous births. Hence it is considered an important festival by the south Indian community.

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