Temples are a symbol of the faith of the people and hence a person performs worship in the temple according to his religious reverence. However, whenever there is talk of a temple, the picture of its adorable and any temple associated with it comes in front of the eyes. But do you ever get the image of a temple in which thousands of snakes are roaming the premises and people are worshipping them instead of being afraid of them? Offering them various kinds of enjoyment.
It may sound strange to you, but in reality, this sight is seen only in India. From Kerala to the state of Gujarat, there are some temples which are especially seen as snake temples and the people who come here worship the snake as a deity. So today in this article we are telling you about some such temples located in India-
Mannarsala Temple, Kerala
It is one of the largest and most popular snake temples in India, located in Mannarsala, Kerala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Nagraj, the king of serpents. There are about 30,000 stone snake sculptures and paintings within its premises, which is a wonderful and unforgettable experience in itself.
It is believed that this temple is three thousand years old. The temple has a tradition of visiting the temples by newly married and childless couples. The couple goes to the temple and prays for a child from the Nag Devta.
KukkeSubramanya Temple, Karnataka
The main deities of the KukkeSubramanya temple are Lord Subramanya, Lord Vasuki and Sheshnag. The temple is on the summit of the picturesque Kumar Parvat and is surrounded by the Kumaradhara River. It is believed that Vasuki and other snakes took refuge in Subramaniam's caves. Therefore, the local people have different beliefs about it the temple. It is believed that by visiting the temple one gets rid of SarpaDosha.
Sheshnag Temple, Jammu and Kashmir
According to mythology, Sheshnag, also known as the king of snakes, created a lake near Pahalgam. It is believed that Sheshnag still resides here and hence a temple dedicated to Nag Devta has been built on its banks. Pilgrims on their visit to the Amarnath cave visit this lake and worship Sheshnag. The surroundings of this religious place are very attractive.
Bhujang Naga Temple, Gujarat
Bhujia Fort is located on the outskirts of Bhuj in Gujarat. According to folklore, the fort is dedicated to the last Naga clan Bhujanga, who died in the battle. After which, the local people built a temple in his memory on the Bhujia hills, which is also known as Bhujang Naga Temple. Every year a fair is held around the temple during Nag Panchami. Presently, the fort is in the possession of the Indian Army and is used for storing ammunition.
The temple is built for Lord Narasimha who is in the form of Lord Subramanya. A naturally formed image of Lord Narasimha is present in the sanctum. A golden-coloured snake is also often seen around the temple. On the new moon day, devotees come to the temple to seek the blessings of the Lord. The name Agasanahalli is named after the sage Agastya, who meditated here.
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