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[Ambassador report] Nag Panchami: A festival and snake conservation

by Bal krishna Pandey | 26-07-2020 00:19 Comments 22 Comments recommendations 1 recommendations



According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Nag Panchami is celebrated on Shrawan or the moon day of Shukla Paksha of Shrawan month. According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival of Nag Panchami is celebrated every year in the month of July or August. According to Vedic beliefs, the Nag is considered the king of snakes. If the snake is angry, there is a lack of water, so there is a tradition of worshiping the snake to make it happy. Cow's milk, Akshata, Dubo, Kheer and Roti are offered and the worship of the snake is being celebrated by sticking it on the main door of the house.

There are cases where the venomous snakes of Nepal, Goman, Karet and Baghe snakes (Russell's Viper) have killed people. The longest non-venomous snake found in Nepal is Python and the world's longest venomous snake Rajgoman (King Cobra) is also found in Nepal. Lack of proper knowledge about snake species, snake bite management and snake conservation has led to escalating conflicts between humans and snakes that are harming both in our village.

Why to protects snakes?

In terms of religious and cultural significance, there are many legends about snakes. In Hinduism, it is customary to worship snakes on the day of Nag Panchami. By doing so, there is a religious belief that one can avoid snake bites and live in peace. Snakes feed on small lizards, fish, frogs, lizards, birds and mammals, while Eagles, hawks, newer mice, etc. feed on snakes and their eggs. In the same way, ecosystem balance is distributed. By eating rats and insects in a natural way, snakes are increasing the production of farmers on the one hand and helping to save the environment by reducing the use of pest control chemicals on the other hand.

Similarly, from snake venom, antisnake venom serum is made which is used to treat snake bites. Snake venom is also used to make many other life-saving medicines. Its venoms are used to treat brain injuries, strokes, mental stress, as well as painkillers, and to treat heart attacks and high blood pressure.

How to contribute to snake conservation?

Participate in any public awareness program on snakes, snake bites and snake conservation and learn about the venomous and non-venomous snakes found around your area.

Let the people close to you know the illusions and facts that you know.

If you suddenly see a snake inside or outside your home, do not kill it, but report it to the rescue center immediately.

Increasing urbanization, industrialization and deforestation will affect the habitat of other animals as well as snakes. Let’s Contribute to their habitat protection and nature conservation.

If you find out about any illegal activities related to snakes or other animals such as poaching or smuggling or unnecessarily playing with snakes, snake charmers or stunt performers, contact the nearest Forest Department or Animal Rescue Center or any related body.

 

Reference: Pandey, D.P., Subedi Pandey, G., Devkota, K. et al. Public perceptions of snakes and snakebite management: implications for conservation and human health in southern Nepal. J Ethnobiology Ethnomedicine 12, 22 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-016-0092-0

 

 

22 Comments

Shobita Neupane

  • Shobita Neupane says :
    Hello dai,
    This is another amazing writing of yours I read today. Thank you.
    Regards
    Posted 13-08-2020 13:28

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Dibya Bhatta

  • Dibya Bhatta says :
    Greetings from South Korea!
    I hope you are doing well
    Amazing report!
    Stay motivated!
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Dibya Bhatta
    Posted 04-08-2020 16:14

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello balkrishna bro

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on Nag Panchami

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 03-08-2020 20:34

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    @Sang su mentor, Thank you very much!!!
    Posted 02-08-2020 13:40

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Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Bal krishna Pandey, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    When I lived in India, I learned that the religion, Hindu, worships many animals and the gods take complexion of a myriad of animals. From this, I could learn that Hindu really appreciates the power of the nature.

    It's so sad that the nature, the god is suffering from the human activity. I hope there would be a day when humans and animals can live together harmoniously.

    Green cheers~
    Posted 01-08-2020 23:53

Rafa Mohammed Ashique

  • Rafa Mohammed Ashique says :
    Ahlan Bal krishna Pandey!
    Greetings from UAE

    First off, congratulations on this post. Thank you for sharing the informative report.

    Off to share!
    Sincerely
    Rafa

    Posted 30-07-2020 20:37

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Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Bal krishna Pandey, this is mentor Taehyun!

    I didn't know that snakes were doing so many beneficial things to humans, too! Personally, I don't like snakes that much, but it was amazing that Hinduism had such a snake-related event! I think it's important to take good care of them because everyone is one precious ecosystem member.

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 29-07-2020 00:04

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello Houra Yousefi,
    Thank you very much.

    Posted 27-07-2020 17:47

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Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Thank you Susma Thapa for your compliment, Green cheers~
    Posted 27-07-2020 17:45

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Houra Yousefi

  • Houra Yousefi says :
    thank you for sharing info about this festival
    Posted 27-07-2020 09:53

Sonika Pariyar

  • Sonika Pariyar says :
    Hello Balkrishna dai!

    I hope you are fine and doing great!
    We should be proud that we have got such festival like Naga Panchami. Hope this day aware people about importance of snake and reduce fear of snake.

    Thanks for sharing!

    GREEN CHEERS!

    Regards,
    Sonika


    Posted 26-07-2020 23:53

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hey Balkrishna Pandey dai,
    I do hope you are fine there and staying safe,
    Thanks for sharing such an informative article on Naag panchami, a day when the ecosystem component i.e Snake is worshipped,
    This day has both ecological and religious importance,
    keep writing,

    yours,
    Sandhya
    Posted 26-07-2020 19:01

Susma Thapa

  • Susma Thapa says :
    Hello Balkrishna dai,
    I hope you are fine and doing well,
    Thank you for your beautiful report about nagh Panchami,
    Keep doing,keep inspiring us,
    regards,
    Susma
    Posted 26-07-2020 16:17

Aarati Khatri

  • Aarati Khatri says :
    Greetings BalKrishna,
    As Myself belonging from a multicultural country like Nepal, I am soo glad to see there is actually a festival called Naag Panchami to signify the importance of Sanke and its role in our ecosystem. Thank you for sharing your informative report with us.
    Keep on sharing.
    Green Cheers.
    Posted 26-07-2020 12:03

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thank you dai for letting us know more about this festival
    Posted 26-07-2020 11:44

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