“ NOORUM PALUM”(nagasthanam)
It is the strong belief of the people from ancient times that Naga’s are strong bestower of boons. Love for Nagas destroys many varieties of sorrows and diseases. Stone worship and snake worship are different forms of ‘linga’ worship. Naga and Naga worship have existed in countries like China, Ceylon, Japan, Java, Combodia, Mexico, Egypt and many other countries. In India Nalanda, Kashmir, Kashi, Assam and Kerala are powerful places of Nagas. In historical scriptures we can see evidence of Nagas. During the vedic time there was Naga worship by the people . After the time of Rg veda they realized the defferent Mandras for snakes. History says Kerala was the center of Nagas. Kerala is said to be the ‘Ahi Bhumi’ and western part is called ‘Sahyadri’ ( Sa + ahi + adri). Malaya Mountain is said to be the boundry of Naga ‘loka’in ‘puranas’ and ‘naganandai ‘dramas.

The opinion has come due the fact that Kerala is a low lying area than other parts of the world and previous population were Naga worshipers. Tamil literatures ‘Perubanattupada Mani Meghalai’ have mentioned Kerala as Naga Loga. It is believed by historians that ancient Naga worshipers of Kerala were Nagas. One section says that ‘Nagas became Nayers’. They must have made different ‘Kaves’ for the residence and worship of Nagas’. But by the advent of followers of Vedas, there might have been a shift in the worship.

‘Kerala Udpathi’ says that Lord Parashuraman settled Brahmanas here and installed ‘Durga Devi, Nagam, and Bhutham’ all along the cost. It is believed that for progeny and cure of disease worship of Nagas is the top most. Almost all families in Kerala have ‘Naga Kaves’. In these places they built ‘Chithrakoodam’ for the snakes to reside. Near this they installed Nagas. The Keralites interested in Naga worship can be seen from the attire itself. The women wear the ‘Nagapada necklace’. In Vasthu and scriptural Art also these are evident. Naga is worship not only through rituals and folk songs but also in the form of man-women Tantric dance (kolam). Nagabali by Brahmanas, Naga folk songs of Theyyam Patis, Karuthini songs of Mannans, Sarpa songs of Pulluvar, Naga Theyyam by Munnootan, Vannan, Pulayan are different forms of Naga worship.

Nagar Kovil temple, Mannar Shala Illam, Pambinmelkattillam, Peralasheri Temple and Karippal Nagam are few among the many places where Naga worship takes place. A mixture of milk, tender coconut, banana, rice flour, turmeric powder is called ‘Noorum Palum’ being the favorite offering to Nagas. Important Naga Theyyams are Nagakandan, Nagakanthi, Nagakali, Nagappothi, Naga Bhagavathi, Nagathan, Naga Kanyaka. In Naga Kavu during Ayiliam day there is a sacrificial ritual associated with a Naga folk dance. For the sake of getting relief from Naga dosha, skin disease, to get progeny and for the welfare, devotees offer different types of worship to Naga’s at valluvan Kadavu.
Sree Kovil
Valluvan Kadavu has gained world-wide attention among
Kazhakappura
Valluvan Kadavu has gained world-wide attention among
Gulikan Sthanam
“Gulikan”, the foremost among the associates of Lord Siva
Naga Sthanam
It is the strong belief of the people from ancient times that Naga’s are