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Nag Panchami, West Bengal, Maharashtra and South India
On this day, snakes -- the symbols of energy and prosperity -- are worshipped. Milk and cooked rice is offered to snakes carried by snake charmers. Clay snakes are brought home to be worshipped and immersed in the sea/river in the evening. In Southern India, particularly in Kerala, snake temples are crowded on this day and prayers are offered to the stone or metal icons of the eternal cosmic serpent Ananta or Shesha.