Nagamandala – The snake festival

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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3 thoughts on “Nagamandala – The snake festival

  1. I am working on a script for Documenatry. Can u send more detailed information on the background.
    Why do they dance like that.
    Who are these people.
    What is the story behind the dance. etc etc.

    Ajay shetty ajayshettycam@hotmail.com
    9312502117

  2. its very interesting, but the whole information is not available anywhere in books or internet. If have more information on Nagamandala, please forward to me. thanks.!

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