Incredible India: Shetpal village of MaharashtraIf you visit this village, be very very careful! Although two thousand five hundred villagers don't bother.
Yes, this is is Incredible India! It is Shetpal village in Solapur district of Maharashtra, located at a distance of 200 km from Pune. The villagers are perfectly friendly with the most venomous snakes of India. These snakes roam freely in the village. Nobody in the village bothers about these snakes. Children play with these snakes. And astonishingly, there has not been even a single case of death due to snake-bite in this village. Every village home has a resting place called 'devasthan' meaning resting place of Gods-for the cobras. Each house has resting places preferably in the hollow spaces in the ceiling where these reptiles rest.
There is a Siddheshwar Temple in the village. Villagers believe that the deity has the power to cure snake bites. Victims (from outside the village) are brought to this Temple and left in the sanctum sanctorum for cure. The Temple has a copper image of a seven-hooded cobra over the idol of Lord Shiva.