The People of Dakshina Kannada perform an elaborate ritual called Nagamandala to appease the serpent spirit. It is conducted in an extravagant manner throughout the night, wherein dancers known as the Vaidyas dress themselves as nagakannikas and dance the night away. The Vaidyas cavort around a detailed serpent design drawn with natural colours on the sacred ground, in a pandal
particularly erected in front of the shrine.
This nocturnal Ritual is performed From December