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ONCE upon a time there was a town called Atpat. In it there lived a Brahman who had seven little daughters-in-law. In the fulness of time the month of Shravan came and with it Nagpanchmi Day. [1] In honour of the festival, one little daughter-in-law went to her grand-papa's house, another went to her great grand-papa's house, another went to her father's house, until at last only the youngest daughter-in-law remained behind. Her father and mother were dead, and she had no uncles and no aunts and no little brothers or sisters. So the poor little daughter-in-law felt very sad and sat down and cried in a corner. Then she remembered that it was Nagpanchmi Day, and

  1. Nagpanchmi Day falls on Shravan Sud 5, i.e. the 5th day of the bright half of Shravan.