Nag Nathaiya of Varanasi
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Nag Nathaiya is a part of the Krishna Leela ceremony, a mythological tradition involving depiction of a famous episode in the life of lord Krishna. Falling on the month of Nov-Dec, the Nag Nathaiya festival is held at the Tulsi Ghat. The rituals involve a person enacting Lord Krishna jumping into the river Ganga for Nag Nathan. This relates to the incident in Mahabharata wherein Lord Krishna as a child lost his ball in the river and was confronted by a giant snake, Kalia. The snake recognized the divine form of Lord Krishna and later emerged from the water with Krishna sitting on its hood.