Dantewada. On this occasion of Nagpanchami, we want to share an interesting coverage with you. Chhattisgarh is famous because of many things like for natural beauty, railway zone, natural resources, organic farming and many more. But do you know that there is a village in this state which is also known as the village of snakes called Nagfani?
Nagfani in Chhattisgarh state is located around 32 kilometres from Dantewada. The interesting fact is that the villagers here worship snakes, you will find different temples of snakes which were built and praised by the people of Nagfani. Apart from the locals around 30 nearby villagers visit per year on the occasion of Nagpanchami.
There is a belief among the villagers that there their ancestors were snakes and because of that they also belong belongs to the snake’s dynasty. All the villagers of Nagfani have their surnames in the name of snakes like Atami, Muriya and Halba, the priest of the temple is Atami. The tribal community has a strong belief in snakes, and that is the reason why in the whole village you will find the temples of snakes only.
History of Nagfani
The tribal communities who lived here are the lineage of Nagvansh who ruled the region of Dantewada including Bastar district during 12th and 13th century B.C. People belonging to tribal species come from the family of Chhindak Nagavansh. The then King Nriapati Bhusan laid the foundation of the Chhindak Nagavansh.
After Nriapati Bhusan many successors came and carried on their rule and thus this kingdom was shattered after the last king Harishchandra Dev of Chhindak Nagavansh dynasty. People of this Nagavansh considered snakes as their ancestor and it is the reason why Nagadevata (Snake God) is worshipped every year on the occasion of Nag Panchami. It is also the main reason why the surnames of the locals and the village names were kept on the names and synonyms of snakes.
As time changed and till the arrival of the Britishers, this tribal community remained confined in a few towns. The temple of Nag Devta of Dantewada remains fragmentary even today in some of the villages like at Barsur, and Bheramgadh of Bastar.
Due to the core Naxal region, people are afraid to visit this area, the natural and scenic beauty of this part is mesmerising and not less than any European country. Although few travellers from different countries and other states often visit to attend and acknowledge the ancient history of this lesser-known districts of Chhattisgarh.
Each year on the occasion of Nag Panchami various programs, and fairs known as Mela is organised in many places. In Nagfani village more than thirty nearby villagers visit the temple of Nagdevta with the symbol of their god and goddess, and that is why it is called the village of snakes, they also used to put the tattoo of snakes on their forearms, behind the neck and other parts of the body.
This year Nag Panchami will be celebrated on 25th July, but the programs and Mela that are organised by the villagers in each year on this occasion may get affected due to the current pandemic situation
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