Whenever the festival occurs in Maharashtra, the entire state prepares for it in July and August. Southern Indian households, in particular, are known for celebrating Nag Panchami. Nag Panchami is celebrated by offering snakes milk and honey mixed with saffron. During Nag Panchami celebrations in Shirale, Mumbai, snakes are captured. Temples worship the snakes after they've been fed and nourished back to health. Maharashtrians are known to ask for alms while carrying a cobra with them from door to door.
It is said that Nag Panchami was celebrated because Lord Krishna defeated the evil snake Kaliya in a river after he attacked Krishna's ball while retrieving it. Kaliya realized after a few moments that the child was not ordinary and had begged for mercy and forgiveness. As a result of Krishna's actions, the villagers were kept safe from the harassment and torment of the evil snake, Kaliya.