Hindus parade hundreds of snakes through Samastipur to ward off bad karma

Hundreds of snakes were paraded through the streets of Samastipur in the Indian state of Bihar on Friday, as part of the Hindu ritual of 'Nag Panchami'. In a bid to ward off bar karma and omens, snakes were fished or dug out of their holes, offered blessings and then carried on sticks and even the locals' shoulders through the city. Nag Panchami, the Hindu worship of snakes and serpents, is often observed either in July or August when the monsoon season occurs in India. In the fifth month of the Hindu calendar Shravan, snakes could also be dug up and kept in earthen pots for two weeks before the procession.

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