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Why is Ashlesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra Is important for Naga Worship in Hinduism?

Ashlesha Nakshatra, or Ayilyam Nakshatra, is the 9th birth star among 27 birth stars in Hindu Jyotish And astrology. The day when the Nakshatra falls is considered highly auspicious to perform rituals and worship of Nagas or Snakes in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. But why is Ayilyam important to serpents?

Lakshman, the brother of Bhagvan Sri Ram in the Ramayana, was an incarnation of 1000-headed snake Adi Sesha. Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu reclines on Adi Sesha in the milky ocean.

Lakshmana’s birth star was Ashlesha or Ayilyam and based on this fact devotees offer pujas on the day to Nagas.

Abhishekam with milk, water, and coconut water are performed on the day on Naga murtis in majority of the Naga Temples in South India.

Ayilyam Nakshatra day is highly auspicious at Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple and Vettikkottu Nagaraja Temple in Kerala. The day is also auspicious at the Nagaraja Temple in Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu.

Numerous other temples which have murtis of Nagas perform special pujas on the day.

People suffering from various skin ailments offer worship on the day.