Maa Manasa Puja 2016 = 7th August (Sunday)
The Hindu festival, Maa Manasa Puja is also known as Manasha Devi Puja and Nag Panchami in Bengal region. This festival is dedicated to snake Goddess and chiefly observed in Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam and parts of Orissa on different days in Bengali months of Ashar, Shravan and Bhadrapad (June - September). In 2016, Manasa Puja will be observed on 24th July and 7th August. Manasa Devi is the Goddess of snakes and is believed that she is the daughter of Lord Shiva.
The rituals associated with, the Pujas is held on the fifth day or Panchami day of all fortnights in the Ashara and Shravan months. There are different rituals related to Manasa Devi. From simple prayers to rituals which many might consider as grotesque. Due to associated with the earth and higher knowledge, she is worshiped mostly in eastern India. She is also worshiped by those people who have not any child. Special statues of Manasa Devi are prepared during this Puja period.