You *really* need a fortune to witness this one of a kind snake festival – Nagamandala. Naga -> snake and Mandala -> Area in which the God is placed and is a tradition of South Canara. Nagamandala was organised by Avani Shankar Mutt, a place 1 km away from my home and who would miss such a once in a lifetime opportunity. Let me tell you, its a treat to the eyes, mind and heart.
Nagamandala is arranged at a very large scale. To say the least the whole process might need about 5 gunny bags of Coconut flower (pingara in local language, kannada). Nagapatri is the main priest on whom the Snake God resides until the process is over. There would be a sutradhari (Director) who leads the Nagapatri around the Mandala. This happens amidst the sounds of percussion – Chande and Nadaswara and lasts about 4 hours.
Rain played spoilsport due to which the audience was a bit less, but what I saw today is a lifetime rememberance. Afterall Agni and Naga(Snake) are two Gods we can see.
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