Naga means snake and Panchami is the fifth day of the lunar fortnight. This festival is associated with the great serpents Adisesha or Ananta (Infinite) on whom the god rests during the intervals between the dissolutions of one universe and the creation of another.
Huge cloth effigies of the serpent are made and worshipped. Stone images of snakes are bathed in the milk and cobras are offered milk in belief that this will result in immunity from snake-bite. This festival is celebrated with religious gusto across India in the month of July/ August.