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Nagula Chavithi is observed on Thrusday 7th November in 2013. Nagula Chavithi is also called as Naga Chaturdi, Naga Chaturthi. Nagula Chavithi is an auspicious day to observe Naga Puja. Nagula Chavithi in Kartika masam is a major festival in Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Karnataka. Nagula Chavithi is observed on the fourth day after Deepavali/Diwali Amavasya. Nagula Chavithi starts from thrusday 7th november morning 10:56 am.
In some parts of Andhra Pradesh it is also celebrated in the month of Sravana masam. Nagula Chavithi is observed on Sunday 11th August in 2013. The festival falls on the auspicious day of Shravana Shukla Panchami that is the fifth day fortnight of Shravana Masam (July/August). Naga means Snake and the festival is called as Naga Panchami as this festival is all about worship of Snakes on the fifth day of Shravana Masam.
Nagula Chavithi is observing pooja to Naga Devatha hence, mainly it is the women's festival. on the auspicious day of the Nagula Chavithi festival, women wake up early do abhyanga snana. They will make corn from Jonnalu (Jowar, sorghum, cholam). A Sweet is prepared Generally sira with (Prepared with Bombay Rava and milk, Kaju, Sugar) and some People will also offer Rice as naivedyam. women keep fast and observe Naga Puja. Devotees offer milk, eggs, jonnalu, naivedya, Flowers, dry fruits, pasupu (Turmeric), Kumkum (Vermilon), Akinthalu (Prepared with the combining of Rice, Turmeric, Kumkum And Ghee) and kankanam (Prepared with thread, turmeric and Flower) to Naga Devata at the Putta (snake pits). After pooja people will Pradakshina's Five or nine or eleven as the people wish. After that people will give the Jonnalu and sira with the surrounding people. women's will collect some Pit mud and mix it in some milk and after coming to home they will wash the eyes with the milk and tie the kankanam to the hand. After this process women's will broke the fast and take the naivedya as food. As a popular legend associated with Nagula Chavithi is Lord Shiva drank the Halahala (poison) to save the universe during the famous incident of samudra manthan between the gods and demons. On the Nagula Chavithi day Lord Shiva also worshiped.
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