The cult of Naga worship has been prevalent in Kerala since centuries and the snakes were being worshipped both inside the serpent groves as well as in the Kavu (temples). Nagapurana states that Naga gods are to be appeased to have wealth, prosperity and good children. Nagas can uplift one’s life by gifting wealth and good children and likewise can do the reverse if not pleased. Nagas are worshipped by Devas , Asuras and the entire world as they are capable enough to reign the whole. Significance of Nagas has been quoted in Sreemad Bhagvata and Mahabharata. Serpents have been associated with power, awe and respect across our country. Snakes stay knick-knacks to all gods. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu takes rest under the shade of Adisesha and Lord Shiva wears Vasuki around His neck and many other serpents around His ankles and wrists. Aadi ParaSakthi, the female counterpart of the Supreme Being is found to have a hooded serpent in Her headgear. Upon the belly of Sree Ganesh like a beautiful girdle lies the serpent, a conceptual protection of the whole universe. So it is advisable to carry out Naga worships with all its pomp and splendor pure enough to propitiate Naga gods. Earlier there were a number of serpent groves in our country and they were the abodes of many a serpent. Now most of such groves have been cleared off and the Naga worship has been confined to certain Naga temples where ascribed poojas are being conducted for the sustenance of a virtuous heritage. At Pampady Sree Nagaraja temple, Sarpabali mahayajnam (Sarpa - Serpent; Bali - religious sacrifice ; yajna- holy worship) is regularly performed once in two months from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on a big scale with the whole-hearted participation of the devotees.
The event is conducted with hard religious observances
appeasing the whole 64crores of Naga Gods. It is believed that
every wish of the devotees would be getting fulfilled at the time
of Sarpabali. Fortunes of a good marriage knot and a virtuous
child would be assured during the sincere participation of the
Another ritual called Payasa homam is performed, where the payasam (sweet pudding) is offered into the holy fire (homam). It is believed that Agni (the fire god of the homam) acts as a messenger for all gods and goddesses and the highest way of pleasing gods and goddesses is by performing homam. Homam is the holy worship in which Agni, the Fire God is offered with the nivedyams. In the ritual of Payasa homam, payasam is offered in the holy fire with the accompaniment of mantra chanting . Prior to this, invocation of the Naga Gods towards the divine-buzz padmapeeda is carried out by means of Nagasooktha archana. This is also performed inside the temple premises once in two months with massive participation. It is quoted in Nagapurana that the entire issues regarding the curses of serpents will be faded out as the payasam is offered into the homa agni (ritual fire). Despite the group participation, devotees can perform individual Sarpabali yajna and Payasa Homam, if desired. It needs advance registration before 15 days of the date on which the pooja to be conducted. Likewise, for performing Special Ayillya pooja, one has to register it before 5 days. Rs.2,001/- will be the cost of one full share and Rs.1,001/- will be for the half share to take part in this group ritual.
|English Date||Malayalam Date||Day|
|February 28||1198 Kumbham 16||Tuesday|
|April 21||1198 Meenam 7||Friday|
|June 17||1198 Midhunam 2||Saturday|
|August 23 (Next Sarppabali)||1199 Chingam 7||Wednesday|
|October 10(Next Sarppabali)||Kanni 24||Tuesday|
|December 31||Dhanu 15||Sunday|