A snake catcher confirmed they released 285 of them inside the forest after they checked there were no people nearby.
Salem Khan, employed with Bhopal civic body, said: 'We chose to release them during the evening time as the earth is cooler during that time. If the earth is hot, it might cause problem to the snakes who always prefer to stay in cooler places. We released 285 rat snakes deep inside the forest after ensuring that there are no human habitats nearby.'
In the video the man can be seen not only pouring hundreds of snakes out of a large bag, but he also patted them away, and one got attached to his trousers.
He can then be seen praying at the end.
Mr Khan, who has been a snake catcher for around 30 years, added: 'The same day, we released as many as 60 poisonous snakes, including cobras.
'We need to rescue snakes because they are our friends -- and not enemies. They also a good friend of farmers as they help kill rats in the fields.'
The 345 rat snakes and poisonous snakes were released after 4pm on September 23 after they were captured from the bungalows and house of influential people of Madhya Pradesh, including chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and several of his cabinet colleagues.