Naga Devata

Naga-s are also considered in Hinduism as deities, not as universal as the gods, but certainly having stupendous occult powers. They were born from the union of Kadrū and Rishi Kashyapa. Of the various Naga-s 12 in particular were feared and revered, and among them Ananta or Śeṣa was the most superlative and the king among Naga-s, being the cushion on which Mahavishnu rests during … Continue reading Naga Devata

Muchalinda and Buddha

Mucalinda, Muchalinda or Mucilinda is the name of a nāga who protected the Sakyamuni from the fury of the elements. When the future #Buddha started meditating under the #Bodhi tree, four weeks before he attained the state of Tathagata, it is said the skies darkened and rain poured for 7 days continuously. That is when Mucalinda came out of the earth and spread his hood … Continue reading Muchalinda and Buddha

Brief Note on Adisesha

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. … Continue reading Brief Note on Adisesha

Manasā

Apart from the more famous #Naga-s there was also #Manasā Devi, the sister of #Vasuki, who was popularly worshiped for protection from snakes and to provide miraclulous cures for snake-bites. The #Mahabharata mentions her as the wife of sage Jagatkāru, and the mother of #Astīka, who was instrumental in stopped the famous #sarpa satra of king Janamejaya organized to finish off all Naga-s, in order … Continue reading Manasā