It is a ritualistic ceremony held for Nagas and Ashta Nagas on certain particular days excluding Ekadasi day. As part of the ceremony a colourful sketch of Padma is drawn on the ground. In the middle, an Ashttadala (eight petals) and outward triangles denoting Prakrithi (Nature) and Purusha (Man) and the upward and downward Trikonas (triangles) indicating the close association between are drawn carefully.

The extreme outer side of the sketch has the Sarpakettu. This Padma for the Sarpabali can be seen only here. Strict and exact procedures are followed by the Karanavar who offers prayers and bali to please the Nagas. It is believed that one who witnesses this holy performance will redeem themselves from the anguish and anger of Nagas. White patches on skin, belated marriage and pregnancy, eye diseases, incurable diseases, which are beyond medical treatments, untimely abortion, handicapped or disabled birth, undue anxiety and fear, unnecessary dispute and quarrel among family members are an outcome of displeasure to the Nagas. Sarpabali is considered a sure panacea to the above mentioned problems.

Ashta Naga Pooja
The Ashta Naga Pooja is too complicated to perform. Utmost care and thorough knowledge is essential for it performance. Anantha, Gulika, Vasuki, Shankapala, Thakshaka, Mahapadma, Padma and Karkodaka are known as Ashta Nagas. The significance of this pooja lies in the fact that these deities are considered separately and offerings are given to them separately

Noorum Palum
For this offering, first two Swasthika Padmas are drawn on the ground. One for Nagaraja and the second for Nagayakshi, parallel to each other. Representing them are two Thandulas, placed in front and poojas are given with the assistance of Panchavadhya (traditional musical ensemble). In the midst of the pooja two Soochanilas are spread on it followed by placing of Cherukuttu pala, Thanniplavila and Areca nut pookula on it. After an hour’s pooja the whole ceremony ends with Tharpana, Pushpanjali and Deeparadhana.

Rahur Dosha Shanthi
It is a special offering to the deity to get free from all the illness and ailments caused by the wrath of Rahu or Nagas in Rahur Dasha (an astrological period in a person’s life).

For those suffering from the wrath of Nagas, the Abhisheka Jala is a sure remedy. It is a special offering to Nagaraja and Nagayakshi to get free from all the illness and dullness caused by the wrath of the Nagas. This is a dhara or abhisheka with water, milk and tender coconut water. Those suffering from illness should be seated in front of the temple and Theertha Jalam (holy water) will be poured on his/her body. The process eventually cures the illness.

Uruli Kamizhthu
This particular offering is done in the Nagaraja temple only. It is a sure remedy to couples without children; due to Sarpakopa. The issueless couples with complete faith and purity in mind and body undertake Pradiskshana and Namajapa with Panchavadyamelam. They will carry the Uruli (wok) covered with red coloured Pattu (silk cloth) and will come in front of Nagayakshi Amma and prays. After seeking permission, they come to Nagaraja and pray and perform the act of Uruli Kamizhthu. The nivedhya (offering) Kadalippazhavum Paalum (banana and milk) is given to both deities. After getting blessed with an offspring the couple along with the offspring shall come to the temple and perform the act of Uruli Nivarthu.

Aadiya Enna
The abhishekam on the deity is at Brahma Muhoortha with pure gingelly oil. The ailed one due to Sarpakopa especially with skin diseases and those permanent ones will have relief.

Symbolic idols that can be dedicated
Puttum Muttayum (rice cake and egg) – the symbolic Sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum)  made in copper, silver, bronze or gold, the image of serpents, the mould of man or women, silver thread, pure turmeric powder, gingelly and coconut oil, pure ghee, tender coconut water, floral stalk of areca nut, nilavilakku, packets of salt and turmeric and every items that is harvested can be given as offering to the deity, to redress one’s aliments and grievances.

Pulluvan Pattu
The pulluvans are a set of people who are dedicated themselves to praise and sing the hymns of Sree Anantha and all Nagas with the assistance of their musical instruments – Veena and Kudam. The music that emanates from this divine instrument is supposed to please the Naga Gods, who in turn would bless the devotees. One can invariably find pulluvans at places where Nagas are worshipped. Hence Pulluvan Pattu has a special significance in this temple.

Other offerings
Palpayasa homam
Mruthyinjaya homam
A day’s pooja
Ashtadravya Ganapathi homam
Bhagya Sookthaarchana
Nilavara Payasam
Ganapathi Havanam
Siva Pooja
Kadalippazham Paal
Aadhithya Namaskaram
Vella Nivedyam


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