Nagula Chavithi or Nag Chaturthi is one of the Telugu regional festivals of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is celebrated on the fourth day after Deepavali. In 2017, Nagula Chavithi date is October 23. In some places, Nagula Chavithi is celebrated on October 24.
It falls in Karthika masam as per Telugu calendar. On this day, devotees worship Naga Devata (Serpent God). Nagula Chavithi is a festvial of women. On this day, women offer milk for snakes near the snake pits (valmeekam or putta or puttu).
Dates of the 3-day Naag Chaturthi festival in 2017
Nagula Chavithi or Valmika Puja – October 23
Nagula Panchami – October 24
Naga Sashti or Subramanya Sashti – October 25
Nagula Chavithi, a festival to worship Nag Devatas (Serpent Gods), is mainly a women festival. Nagula Chavithi is observed by married women for their wellbeing of their children. During the Chavithi festival, women keep fast and observe Naga Puja.
Devotees offer milk and dry fruits to Sarpa Devata at the Valmeekam or Putta (snake pits). On Nag Chaturthi day, Ashtanag (seven hooded cobra) is worshipped.
Nagula Chavithi in Kartika masam is a major festival in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and some parts of Karnataka. The rituals and puja procedures are different from place to place. Some people place Naga devatha idol at home and perform puja. But in some places, devotees go to ‘Putta (Snake pit) and offer naivedyam and perform other pujas there.