Nagaraja, the serpent king, is a traditional figure in the Indian pantheon of nature spirits. The deity is represented in composite form (anthropomorphic, multi-headed and aquatic), who rules over springs, lakes and rivers.
The serpent is honored as a symbol of immortality, control of instincts, and of kundalini, which empowers yoga and grants access to the Shivaloka, the ultimate refuge of all souls.
The auspicious day for this deity is the Ayilyam star that falls in the month of Kanni (September-October). Special pujas such as milk and turmeric abhishek are performed for Nagaraja. Milk, rice and coconuts are given as offerings .