A sculpture of Adisesha from the Dasavatara temple in Deoghar, build around 500 CE. The Mahabharata states that unlike his brother Vasuki, and Takshaka, Sesha did not suffer from jealousy and pettiness. Infact, he became so disgusted with his brothers that he left his family and started performing ghora tapashya in places like Gandhamadhana, Badrikashrama, Gokarna, Pushkara and Himalayas – surviving only on air, vayuahari. Realizing his great spiritual power Brahma requested Sesha to enter patala and support the earth on his hood, which, it is believed, he is still doing. Adisesha incarnated in the form of Rama’s brother Lakshmana and Krshna’s brother Balarama during the two preceding Yuga-s.