Naga Bana

The Nagabana or the Serpent Shrine is one of the important components of the Guthu Mane complex. It is a specially demarcated area in the Guthu Compound where the snake god is worshipped. It is situated a little distance fro the house and is identified by a cluster of trees. The image of a hooded cobra carved in stone symbolizes the deity. Milk, turmeric, flowers and other offerings are made to please the deity.

Like the people all over India, the people of this region too look upon the snake god with awe and fear and offer worship with the belief that it would bestow its blessings on them.

Origins of Snake Worship:

According to Hindu mythology, the present coastal area (Malabar Coast) was a part of the Arabian Sea.  It is believed that the great sage Lord Parashurama prayed before the sea-god (Samudra–Raja) seeking that he be granted with some space, since he had donated all his belongings to Brahmins.  The Sea-God consented to his request on condition that serpents in the sea should be protected. Lord Parashurama agreed and accordingly the sea-god gifted this stretch of land along the West Coast to him.  Since then, the people of this area worship serpents.  Symbolically, hood of the snake carved in the stone is treated as snake and worshiped everywhere.  During Nagarapanchami, which falls in the month of July-August every year large number of people perform poojas in the Nagabana.  This is linked to the Guthu Mane tradition since the serpent shrine is a part of the Guthu Mane complex.