Today, the Nagpanchami festival is being observed, where devotees worship the Naga or serpent god by adhering to Hindu traditions. As part of this ritual, many people affix images of a Naga on the front doors of their homes.
This annual festival takes place on the fifth day of Shrawan Shukla, following the Lunar calendar. It is rooted in a religious belief that displaying a serpent image in one’s house offers protection from snakes, scorpions, as well as incidents involving fire and lightning. This insight comes from Prof Dr. Debmani Bhattarai, a theologian and a member of the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee.
The tradition of Naga worship has its origins in the Vedic period, where the Naga is revered as the king of snakes. On this day, devotees flock to Naga temples in the Kathmandu valley, including Nagpokhari, Taudaha, and Nagdaha, to pay their respects to the Naga deity.