Today, 17 November 2012 is Nagula Chavithi. Nag Chaturthi or Nagula Chavithi is an auspicious day to observe Naga Puja. It is observed on the fourth day after Diwali Amavasya during Kartik month.
Nag Panchami and Nagasashti are observed after Naga Chaturthi. The dates to observe Naga Panchami is 18th November and Naga Sashti is on 19th November. Naga Chaturthi is also celebrated in Shravan month, just the day before Naga Panchami.
Naga Chaturthi Puja – Nagula Chavithi Pooja:
Nag Chaturthi or Nagula Chavithi, a festival to worship Nag Devatas (Serpent Gods), is mainly a women festival. Nagula Chavithi is observed by married women for 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.