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Nāgá or नाग are group of serpents who are children of Sage Kashyapa and Kadru. Prominent among the Nagas are Adisesha, the elder one and bed for Lord Vishnu and Vasuki which is wrapped around neck of Lord Shiva.

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Who are these Phani and Ahi, that mentioned in Garuda Purana?

In this chapter of Garuda Purana, i noticed about the presiding naga devatas of Graha deities. The sun is the presiding star of Sesha, the moon of Phani, Mars of Takshaka, Jupiter of Karkotyna, Venus ...
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Where is the island called Ramaniyak (mentioned in the story of Garuda) located?

Section XXVI of the Astika Parva of Mahabharata mentions the incident of Garud and his mother Vinata carrying snakes and their mother Kadru to an island called Ramaniyaka. The next section describes ...
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Nagini or Naga kanya worship

Are there any references related to worship of female Nagas (Naginis, Naga kanyas, etc.)? How does it differ from Naga (male) worship?
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Sarpa Raksha mantra and sandhya vandanam

नर्मदायै नमः प्रातः नर्मदायै नमो निशि नमोऽस्तु नर्मदे तुभ्यं त्राहि मां विषसर्पदः सर्पापसर्प भद्रं त गच्छ सर्प महाविष। जनमेजयस्य यज्ञान्ते आस्तीकवचं स्मर।। जरत्कार्वोर्जरत्कर्वां समुत्पन्न महायशाः ...
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Is there any stotra for worship of Nagaraja (Adishesha or Vasuki)?

I know the Navanaga sloka, but I could not find any stotra for Nagaraja.
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Is Indra's vehicle Airavata a Naga?

According to Astika Parva section XXXV, Airavata is the third son of Kadru and Kashyap Sesha was born first, and then Vasuki. (Then were born) Airavata, Takshaka, Karkotaka, Dhananjaya, Kalakeya, the ...
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What is the History of Nāgavaṃśa? Is there any mention of them in the Puranas or other texts?

A lot of jati-s claim descent from the Naga-s, I wanted to know more about their History
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Does Nagamani really exist in Kaliyuga?

I am coming from this question: Which Hindu Scriptures provides knowledge about Nagamani(Cobra Pearl)? Is there a place where we can witness this Nagamani if it really exist. There are scammers coming ...
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Concept of shape-shifting snakes in Hinduism

Today, story of ichaadhari nagas and naagins are widely used in tv serials. In the content of one serial I read that this concept of shape-shifting snakes exists in Hindu scriptures. But I failed to ...
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Which Hindu Scriptures provides knowledge about Nagamani(Cobra Pearl)?

I have heard many people saying Nagamani is obtained from a naga type of snake and my questions are as follows: 1) What are the rules for a snake to give nagamani? 2) What happens when the snake ...
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Garuda and Adi Sesha

How can Adi Sesha and Garuda coexist in Vaikunta as they are sworn enemies?
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What is difference between Nagas and sadhu?

I mean both of them are saints devoted to spirituality both of them follow brahmacharya etc i want to ask whether both have same significance in Hindu mythology? And what are the differences between ...
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Does Hinduism Say Anything About Snake People, Reptilians, or Snake/Reptilian Like Enities?

Are there any references to reptilian-like entities in Hinduism? Are they friend or foe, what kind of acts have they committed, etc.
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Is sarpa worship and Naga worship different? What are the fruits of Snake worship?

Is sarpa worship and Naga worship different? What are the fruits of Snake worship? In Hindu culture it is believed that snake is Pitru. So we should worship it.
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What was Karna's Nagastra?

In the Mahabharat there is an incident between the final encounter of Arjuna and Karna where Karna used his Nagastra against Arjuna. The Suta's son then fixed on his bow-string that foe-killing, ...
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Who is the true Nagaraja, the King of Nagas?

Nagas are children of Sage Kashyapa and Kadru. Adisesha, elder among the Nagas, is bed for Lord Vishnu. Vasuki, second child, is Lord Shiva's snake. There are many other Nagas but these two Nagas are ...
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What good deeds saved Taksaka from Sarpa Yajna?

Kadru cursed her children Sarpas/Nagas that they would be killed in Janmejaya's Sarpa Yajna. Later Lord Brahma modified the curse a bit that only evil would be killed. But Taksaka seems to be evil ...
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Why does bhagwad Gita contradict itself? [duplicate]

Bhagwad Gita chapter 10 आयुधानामहं वज्रं धेनूनामस्मि कामधुक् | प्रजनश्चास्मि कन्दर्प: सर्पाणामस्मि वासुकि:।।28।। I am the Vajra (thunderbolt) amongst weapons and Kamadhenu amongst the cows. ...
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How can one be born as a Daitya, Danava, or Naga?

The Yajnas in the Vedas provide the means to attain heaven (swarga, gandharva loka), etc that are situated above earth. These yajnas also allow one to be born as a god. For example, doing 100 ...
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Snakes with multiple heads

There are several mentions about nagas in Hinduism. Consider the following excerpt from Mahabharata "O Brahmana, thus I have recited the names of the principal snakes known widely for their ...
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Is nagas in temple related to Kundalini?

Does naga in temples represent kundalini? If yes how can it be used for ones spiritual enhancenent? What are the mantras one can use to worship it?
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Do the Nagas ever try to conquer the 3 worlds?

It's well known that the Asuras, and sometimes the Rakshasas, try to conquer the 3 worlds. My question is, do the Nagas, who live Patala, try to conquer the 3 worlds?
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Why was vasuki used in Samudra Manthan great ocean Churning [closed]

Why did trimurti use Vasuki Naga instead of Ananta AdiShesha of Shriman Narayana, for Samudra Manthan?.
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What is the symbolic meaning of the multiple serpent heads of Sheshanaga? [duplicate]

Vishnu rests on the body of Sheshanaga and Sheshanaga like Paramahansa rests on the ocean of bliss known as Prakriti. His being is depicted as having 5 or 7 or 1000 serpents. What is the symbolic ...
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Reason for friendship between Indra and Takshaka

Takshaka and Indra are friends as per Mahabharata Khandava Vana burning episode. Is there any specific reason for their friendship?
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Babruvahana in Mahabarata

Babruvahana was a son of Arjun and Chitrangada who ends up killing his own father with an arrow. Uloopi the step mother of Babruvahana used a gem to bring Arjuna back to life. I want to know how ...
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What is the story of the Naga Padmanabha dragging the chariot of Surya?

The SECTION CCCLVII of Shanti Parva of Mahabharat talks about a Brahmin who goes to meet a renowned Naga Padmanabha only to be told by his wife that he was out on an important errand which is quite ...
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In what text(s) is the Naga gayatri mantra found?

Various sites on the internet list some variation on the naga gayatri mantra, such as the following: ōṁ navakulāye vidhmahe viśadantāye dhīmahi tanno sarpa pracodayāt I've been unable to ...
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Why is Lord Ganesha depicted with a snake around his belly?

Lord Ganesha is always seen with a snake wrapped around his big fat belly.According to the Ganesha Purana,the serpent Vasuki is wrapped around his neck. Other depictions of snakes include use as a ...
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How to celebrate Naag panchmi?

Here is the reason why we celebrate Naag panchmi. The answerer although embedded the way to celebrate the same very swiftly as - If one remains austere on that day, give us all that is sour in ...
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Why do Hindus feed milk to snakes?

I have seen a lot of times in temples that priests offer milk to snake idols. What is the reason behind it? Do snakes really drink milk?
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Details about Nav Nag

This stotra gives 9 names of nagas worshiped in hindu dharma. Can anybody give more details about them. I know about two of them one is Vasuki(वासुकी)- played a major role in churning of ocean and ...
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A snake in Karna's quiver

The story goes that a snake who wanted to take revenge on Arjuna landed itself in Karna's quiver. The snake requested Karna to shoot the arrow he was on, so that it could kill Arjuna. Although, Karna ...
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Why did Arjuna kill Takshak's wife?

Takshaka was king of Nagas and at the time of Mahabharata was fighting against Pandava, but why and how did Arjuna killed the innocent wife of Takshaka. How is it righteous to kill a woman according ...
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How do snakes still exist on earth?

Janmejaya performed Nag-Yagya and killed all snakes from the face of earth to avenge the death of his father Parikshit who was killed by the snake Takshaka. (It was a curse by rishi Shringi because ...