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There are many folk tale behind the drinking of the milk, the famous one is :-; A tale of a farmer living in a village. He had two sons and one of whom killed three snakes during ploughing operations. The mother of the snake took revenge on the same night by biting the farmer, his wife and two children and they all died. Next day the farmer’s only ...


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Varaha Purana suggests to bathe the images of Naga in milk on Naga Panchami and it doesn't mention anything about feeding milk to snakes. If one remains austere on that day, give us all that is sour in food and bathes the images of Nagas in milk, they become friendly towards him. Nagas were sent to Patala on Panchama tithi and people celebrate that tithi ...


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I just found that mantra in Patha Bheda of First Anuvaka of Mahanarayana Upanishad. Mahanarayana Upanishad contains some Gayatri Mantras and it looks like some variants/lections include this mantra as follows: गायत्र्याः । तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि । तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात् ॥ २३॥तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि । तन्नो दन्तिः प्रचोदयात् ॥ ...


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The Nagas take turns harnessing the horses of Surya's chariot. Here is what this chapter of the Vishnu Purana says: Between the extreme northern and southern points the sun has to traverse in a year one hundred and eighty degrees, ascending and descending. His car is presided over by divine Ádityas, Rishis, heavenly singers and nymphs, Yakshas, serpents, ...


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The Nagas are a race of snake people mentioned throughout Hindu scripture. Their origin is described in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. The sage Kashyapa, son of Marichi the mind-born son of Brahma, had many wives, daughters of Brahma's son Daksha. Through them he had countless children, among them gods like Indra and other Adityas through Aditi, demons ...


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As I discuss in this answer, a king named Shwetaki once conducted a Yagna (fire-ritual) for twelve years, and having consumed all the ghee (clarified butter) that was offered into the fire, Agni the fire god felt lethargic. So he consulted Brahma, who told him to consume the Khandava forest and all its inhabitants, as described in this chapter of the Adi ...


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I am providing the partial answer to your question no.4 - "In which Hindu Scripture we find more details regarding these Nagamanis or Cobra Pearl?" The answer to this question is found in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana.(Skanda 5 Chapter 24) SB 5.24: The Subterranean Heavenly Planets.Here उपर्णितं भूमेर्यथासंनिवेशावस्थानमवनेरप्यधस्तात सप्त भुविवरा एकैकशो...


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Ananta is another name of Sesha. Vishnu Purana confirms it here. Below the seven Pátálas is the form of Vishńu, proceeding from the quality of darkness, which is called Śesha, the excellencies of which neither Daityas nor Dánavas can fully enumerate. This being is called Ananta by the spirits of heaven, and is worshipped by sages and by gods. The names ...


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Varaha Purana gives answer for Yajnopavetha of snakes. As per Varaha Purana, Lord Shiva cursed him to get Yajnopavetha of snake. As mentioned in this answer, Lord Ganesha manifests differently in different Kalpas. Once Devas asks Lord Shiva to create a being to destroy obstacles. Lord Shiva sees Uma and creates a being. After creation of beautiful being, ...


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The Arjun Vanvas Parva SECTION CCXVI tells us the story of how Arjun and Uloopi got married: One day that bull amongst the Pandavas, while residing in that region in the midst of those Brahmanas, descended (as usual) into the Ganges to perform his ablutions. After his ablutions had been over, and after he had offered oblations of water unto his deceased ...


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There are lots of instances of snake people in Hindu texts. They are generally referred as Nagas. They live in the Nagaloka that is believed to be in Patala under the earth. They are just another kind of species created by Brahma: Lord Brahmā created the region below the earth for the demons and the Nāga snakes. In this way the destinations of the three ...


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Yes, the story is mentioned in Karna Parva of Mahabharata. When Arjuna and Karna were engaged in war, the snake Aswasena (whose mother has been burned by Arjuna in Khandava Vana), has entered at the arrow of Karna. Karna has fired that arrow without seeing that snake but Lord Krishna has pressed the chariot down in earth in some extent. Thus, Arjuna has been ...


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Yes, there is the story how these posts are attained. Kaśyapa Prajāpati is not only the progenitor of snakes and reptiles, but also to many creatures like creepers, Daityas, Adityas, Vasus etc., After the progeny of the mobile and immobile, the great sage started to assign chief of respective domain. Adi śeṣa was the eldest son of Kadrū( also known as ...


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@Fire, for every Indian festival celebrated, there are two different directions of reasons or needs. One is of course, what you read in varaha purana. But the second is about fulfilling the day-to-day needs of human being, especially the rural culture needs. Today, we educated and service oriented people do not understand this very essential component of ...


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Takshaka cannot be called evil, just going by 2 incidents. Brahma modified the curse of Kadru, that only evil serpants will die, but not virtuous. Thus, those who survived the snake-sacrifice must be virtuous. Let us revisit the 2 acts of Takshaka that were mentioned by the OP. Takshaka killed Parikshit Takshaka had stolen ear rings from Utanka. 1. ...


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In Hindu culture it is believed that snake is Pitru I don't think that this is true.Kashyapa and his wife Kadru created all the Nagas or Sarpas. And these Nagas are not the same as the Pitrus (Manes). Usually the Panchami Tithis of a month are attributed to the Nagas or serpents. It is on this day the prayers done to them are believed to be the most ...


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Sadhus: A sadhu (IAST: sādhu (male), sādhvī (female)), also spelled saddhu, is a religious ascetic, mendicant (monk) or any holy person in Hinduism and Jainism who has renounced the worldly life. ... Although the vast majority of sādhus are yogīs, not all yogīs are sādhus. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving mokṣa (liberation), the fourth and final ...


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Not all Nagas were destroyed in fire sacrifice. All the crooked, heinous and violent progeny of Ananta, Vasuki, Kambala, Karkotaka, Padma, Maha Padma, Sanka and Kulika were destroyed in fire sacrifice except their ancestors. This curse was given by Lord Brahma to serpents. This is described in Chapter 24 of Varaha Purana. Brahma said, Patala, Vitala, Sutala ...


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Are there any stories regarding coronations of any of these Nagas as King? In Southern Recension Kumbhaghonam Edition of Mahabharatha: Adi Parva: Astika Parva: Chapter 36, coronations of Vasuki is mentioned: `अनन्तेऽभिप्रयाते तु वासुकिः स महाबलः। अभ्यषिच्यत नागैस्तु दैवतैरिव वासवः॥' ॥ 1-36-26 Hindi translation of this is mentioned in Gitapress ...


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Chapter 114 (pg 28) of the Narada Purana Vol 4 gives an account on the vratas observed on Panchami tithis. It describes a ritual performed on the Shukla Panchami of Sravana. 27-29. This rite (in propitiation of serpents) is performed on the fifth day in the bright half of the month of Sravana, by men firm in their belief in the Vedas. On either ...


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Krishna says in Uddhava Gita 17.51 (Swami Madhavananda translator): Swayed by his past works, a man through his attachment to Sattva becomes a sage or a god, under the influence of Rajas an Asura or man, and under the influence of Tamas a ghost or a beast. and in Gita 9.25 Sri Krishna says (Swami Nikhilananda translator): Those who worship the gods go ...


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Are there any other mentions in Hindu scriptures saying about snakes with multiple heads other than three, seven and ten? Yes, such mentions are in Bhagavata Purana or Śrīmad Bhāgavata (SB). SB 5.25 describes Lord Ananta Deva as sahasra-śirasaḥ — who has thousands of hoods Also, as described in Difference between Naaga and Sarpa post, SB 5.24 mentions ...


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One reason is mentioned in answer by srimannarayana k v that Indra took exception form Brahma to save Takṣaka. One more reason is mentioned in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 12.6.23-24 which says that Takṣaka had drunk the Amrita so due that reason he couldn't be killed.


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There is a sarpa suktam which is usually chanted in South Indian temples and during special occasions like naga panchami. Below is the stotra. It is also available in English transliteration on internet. ब्रह्मलोकेषु ये सर्पा शेषनाग परोगमा:। नमोस्तुतेभ्य: सर्पेभ्य: सुप्रीतो मम सर्वदा।।1।। इन्द्रलोकेषु ये सर्पा: वासु‍कि प्रमुखाद्य:। नमो...


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garuDa is the enemy of snakes but this snake list excludes shesha. mahAbharat Adi parva chapter 36 provides details about relationship between garuDa and shesha : shesha replied, 'My uterine brothers are all of wicked hearts. I do not desire to live amongst them. Let this be sanctioned by thee. Like enemies they are always jealous of one another. I am, ...


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When Lord Krishna has chastised Kaliya Naag and ordered him to leave river Yamuna, the Kaliya has requested to free him from the fear of Garuda. Then Shri Krishna has told him that Garuda will not attack on you because you have my footprints on your head. This incident is mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam as: SB 10.16.63 — Out of fear of Garuḍa, you left ...


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