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Author: Mohan G Hegde
Place: Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Kukke, Paaripaali, Kundapura, Udupi, Kandaavara, Mangodu, Karkala, Kudupu, Bilupadi, Putturu, Ballamanja, Polali, Neelavara, Muchhalagodu, Arithodu, Kukkahalli, Shirva, Padubidri, Shantur, Soodu, Keladi, Sirasi
Tracing the popularity of serpent worship world over in historical times, the author discusses the practice of serpent worship prevalent even to- day and explains in detail, the ritual Nagamandala. This ritual is popular in Dakshina Kannada. An artistic drawing of Naga is outlined by using five colour powders in the rangoli fashion which is an elaborate art work. The drawing is decorated with flowers. A ritualistic folk dance with the chanting of songs take place around this venue.
Author also gives the history of Naga worship in India, especially in the southern belt. Worship of Subrahmanya or Skanda, the son of Shiva by Naga Pantha is unque to coastal Karnataka. Various inscriptional evidences is furnished by the author tracing the history of Naga and Skanda worship to 9 th century AD. A list of all palces in Karnataka where Naga worship in prevalent is also given.