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NAGThere are a number of references to ‘Nag’ in Puranas. These people were the worshiper of Snakes, particularly ‘Mai Dhari Sarp’.They lived both in hills and plans. The King of Nag peole “Takshak” opposed construction of Indraprastha and Pandava defeatedthem in the battle.It is said that Nag people were from the other side of himalaya who has Nag as their national emblem. In puranas, nag aredescribed as human being sometime whereas at some places they are also described as snakes.Hindus made many attempts to destroy Nag tribe. A large number of Nag were killed in ‘Khandav Van”. Pandava defeated them inMagadh. King Janmejay is said to have performed a ‘Yagna’ giving the ‘ahuti’ of nags. Lond Krishna chased them from the banksof Yamuna and made thm to hide in the Uttarakhand. Powerful Aryans sometime made ‘Gandharva Vivah’ with the young girls of nagclan. In Mahabharata, Arjun performed gandharva vivah with a nag girl named ‘Ulomi’.There is a Lake near Kathmandu which is known as Naghrid. There lived the king of nag clan ‘Rajkotak’. An annual fair is stillorganized there. Some of the Tibetans call themselves as descendent of Nags and their language nagbhasha. Initially Nag and Aryanwere at war but later with the efforts of Bothisatva Arya Balokiteshwar, a treaty of peace was materialized. Later some of thetraditions of each religions were adopted by others due to co-existence which are still apparent. Snakes are worshiped in Hindureligion also. The festival of ‘Nagpachami’ is the proof of a inter – religion adaptations.In Garhwal, Nag used to live at the banks of Alakhnanda in Nagpur patti and Urgam areas. That is why ‘Sheshnag’ is still worshipedat Pandukeshwar. Bhikhal Nag is worshiped in Ratgaon, Sangal Nag in Talore, Banapa Nag in Margaon, Lohandev Nag in Jilam andPushkar Nag is worshiped in Nagnath. Nagsiddh or Nagachal parvat is in the memory of Baman Nag. In Garhwal, there are stillsome ‘Nagvanshi Thakur’ which could be their descendents.There are many Nag temples in Kumaon also. Sheshnag temple is at Bastarhi village of meharpatti. Berinag and Pungarao pattihave 8 nags as follows which are worshiped there–1. Beni Nag2. Kali Nag3. Feni Nag4. Dhaul Nag5. Karkotak Nag6. Pingal Nag7. Kharhari Nag8. Athguli NagThere in Karkotak Nag temple in Pandeygaon (Nainital district) an in Danpur there is Basuki Nag. In Kumaon Nag lived in thearea between Patalbhuwaneshar and Nakuri. However, there are no descendent of Nags existing the modern society of Kumaon andthey are known to have merged with ‘Khas’ people.http://www.uttaranchal.org.uk/nivasi.php