TO GO OR NOT TO GO…HISSSTORIC SNAKE VIL­LAGE

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“OPHIDIOPHOBIANS” THOSE WHO FEAR SNAKES must stir clear of Ma­ha­rash­tra's Shet­pal vil­lage. It is a sanc­tu­ary for the slith­er­ing rep­tiles. e in­hab­i­tants of this vil­lage don’t nd it un­usual to have stray snakes curled up in their homes or even class­rooms. In fact, snakes are wor­shipped here and ev­ery home has a des­ig­nated place for them called Dev­asthan, which trans­lates to rest­ing place of the Gods. Chil­dren play­ing with co­bras is a com­mon sight in the sleepy town. ey as­sure hes­i­tant tourists that snakebites haven’t been re­ported so far, but who is to say.

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