5 Hooded Cobra

5 Hooded Cobra Appar uses the ord ancu, five in each line connoting different meaning in each. Five are the basic elements – earth, air, water, fire and earth that constitute the body; five are the senses that torment the human body; five are the sacred letter s- the Pancakshara ‘Namassivvaya’ that lead to liberation and five are the heads of Siva in his aspect of Sadasiva. The last line could also be taken to stand for abhisheka performed on thehead of Sia with the five – i.e. Panca gavya. In another verse Appar uses the word five in all the lines. The five faced Lord is given abhisheka with the five (Pancagavya) and the five (Pancamirta). He wears on his waist the five hooded cobra, symbolising the Pancakarmendriyas, Pancajnanendriyas, Pancabhutas Pancatanmatras and the five intellectual faculties, all five. http://www.tamilartsacademy.com/books/siva%20bhakti/chapter04.html In South India, people craft images of snakes using cow dung on either side of the entrance to the house to welcome the snake god. Some go to worship the snake which is believed to be hiding in the holes of anthills. Or else a five hood snake is made by mixing ?gandh? (a fragrant pigment), ?halad-kumkum? (turmeric powder), ?chandan? (sandal) and ?keshar? (saffron) and placed on a metal plate and worshipped. http://www.indiavisitinformation.com/indian-culture/indian-festival/Nag-Panchami-in-india.shtml