Manasa is the goddess of Naga and
productiveness who accomplish the wishes and defend one against snakebite.
Goddess Manasa was the daughter of sageKasyapa and Kadru, the sister of
serpent-king Sesha. The word 'Mansa' is stand for wishes and hence she also
known as the Goddess rewarding the wishes of to devotees visiting the temple.
The Devotees visiting temple and tie threads on a sacred tree near the temple
looking for blessings of the Goddess for achievement of their wishes. Devotees
return to untie a thread from the same tree once their wishes are fulfilled. The
legend behind this goddess is that she requested her father, Lord Shiva, to
incorporate her in the pantheon, so that she is worshipped by humans. Shiva
takes action to it and says that, if Chand (of Anga kingdom) agrees to worship
her, then her wish would be rewarded. After many deadly trials, Chand finally
agreed to worship her with his left hand. Only Manasa is the Hindu goddess who
is worshiped till date by the left hand. Manasa is ritually worshiped with
sacrifices accessible to her through rainy season, since, the snakes are most
active in this season. Occasionally, she is believed to be a pre-Aryan goddess.