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Serpents are worshipped on Shravan Shukla Panchami. On this day, on both the sides of door 2 idols of serpents are made of cowdung. In this vow, on the Chaturthi day one should take food only once a day. One should fast on the Panchami day and should take food only in the evening.

One should make an idols of a 5 hooded serpents of silver, gold, mud or wood pens and using Turmeric and Sandal wood pastes as ink. On the Panchami day porridge, Panchamrut (milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar), lotus flowers, incense etc are offered and the god is accordingly worshipped. In serpents, Ananta, Vaasuki, Shesh, Padma, Kambal, Karkolok, Ashvatar, Dhifrashta, Shankpal, Kaaliya, Takshak and Pingal these 12 serpent are the most important ones; Every month one serpent is prayed and worshipped and the (Brahman) person who performs the worship, should be offered food. On the day of Nag Panchami the Brahmin should be offered cows and gold.Some also offer a silver serpents on betel leaves. The person who performs worship of the serpents on Panchami day should not dig the ground. By observing this vow, one is freed from the fear of snakes and serpents and earns plenty of money.