Shetphal village, MH, India where Cobras are allowed to roost inside the house with humans?

 India's transformation from a land stereotyped as one of snake charmers to a leading nation in space technology, missile production, and economic prowess is a testament to its resilience and progress. Before British colonial rule, India's GDP was significantly high, estimated to be around 23% of the world economy. However, the British era saw a drastic decline, leaving the country impoverished by the time of its independence in 1947. Despite these advancements, traditional beliefs and superstitions still hold sway in many parts of the country.

Shetpal village Maharashtra.

Above image, Shetpal village,  in Sholapur district of Maharashtra State India.  The non-descript small  hamlet is known for snake worship. This village has a rare and  strange custom. I may appear frightful and dangerous to the  growing children, But the owner of the house has his dwelling with a resting place for Cobras in the rafters of the ceilings to rest and breed!.  Many reports mention that there have been no cases of snake bites  cited in this village despite snakes moving about freely in every household. The state government is against this custom. But the rural folks belief is deep-rooted. It is true that we fear only the unknown. but the strange land of Snakes, can not be discounted as something unnatural..........

Fearsome, poisonous Indian Cobra (Naja Naja)

One intriguing example of this blend of tradition and modernity is found in Shetphal village in the Solapur district of Maharashtra, about 200 km from Pune. This village is unique for its coexistence with venomous cobras. Here, the serpents are not only worshipped but are also treated as family members, allowed to roam freely in homes. This practice, while seemingly strange to outsiders, is deeply rooted in the villagers' belief systems and way of life.

Every household in Shetphal has a designated area called a devasthanam, essentially a temple for the cobras. When building new homes, villagers ensure there is space reserved for these sacred snakes. Even children in the village share their classrooms with the cobras, exhibiting no fear, a testament to their familiarity and comfort with these creatures.

The village's unique relationship with cobras highlights the fascinating and often mysterious aspects of Indian culture, where ancient traditions and modern advancements coexist in harmony. Shetphal, often referred to as the Land of Snakes, embodies this enigmatic blend, making it a remarkable example of India's diverse and rich cultural tapestry.