Hundreds of snakes were paraded through the streets of Samastipur in the Indian state of Bihar on Monday as part of the 'Nag Panchami' Hindu ritual.

In a bid to ward off bar karma and omens, snakes were fished or dug out of their holes, offered blessings and then carried on sticks and even the locals' shoulders through the city.

Nag Panchami, the Hindu worship of snakes and serpents, is often observed in either July or August coinciding with the monsoon season in India.

During the fifth month of the Hindu calendar Shravan, snakes could also be dug out and kept in earthen pots for a fortnight before the procession.

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