Also known as the serpent God, Sheshnaga is a part of Hindu mythology. He is a divine serpent with thousand heads, each wearing an ornate crown, though is usually depicted only with five. He is also known as Adishesha as he is the king of all serpents. Other names associated with Sheshnaga are Adishesha as he was the first serpent that came into existence and Ananta Shesha which means he is ‘immortal’ and the ‘remainder’ respectively and even when the universe will cease to exist, Sheshnaga will remain forever and will not be affected by death and devastation as he is endless.
Vishnu and Sheshnaga
Lord Vishnu, one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Preserver sits on the coils of Sheshnaga. He lives in the Ocean of Milk (Ksheer Sagar) rests on Sheshnaga while Sheshnaga’s heads make a hood-type protection over Vishnu’s head. Sheshnaga is also the manifestation of Vishnu. He is worshipped as the seat of VishnuVishnu
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Legend of Birth
Sheshnaga was the eldest son of a sage named Kasyapa and his wife, Kadru. She is the wife of the sage Kashyap and a daughter of king Daksha. She was the mother of thousand serpents and was a rival of her sister, Vinita After she had given birth to Sheshnaga, many more sons in the form of serpents were born. Many of Sheshnaga’s brothers were cruel and attained pleasure in hurting others. They even hurt their step-brother named GarudaGaruda
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Brahma (one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Creator) was impressed by such dedication and asked Sheshnaga the reason of such strict penance. Sheshnaga replied that he is hurt by his brothers’ acts and do not want to be a part of their lives and even after their deaths, he wants to stay at a distance. BrahmaBrahma
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Brahma grants his wish but also gives him a new responsibility. He asks him to go to the Patal Lok (netherworld) and hold the planet as the Earth shakes a lot, and he wants someone to stabilize it. Since then it is believed that Sheshnaga holds the universe on his various heads (hood), and whenever he shifts earth from one head to another, earthquakes take place. Thus, Patal Lok became his residence and he the king of the netherworld. Also when he uncoils, time moves forward, allowing creations to take place and his coiling back results in the ceasing of the creation.
Sheshnaga took human form and came on earth five times. Once as LakshmanaLakshmana
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Roles of Sheshnaga
When the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) took place in order to gain elixir of life, Sheshnaga was used as the rope that was pulled by demons on one side and gods on the other. As Balrama he protected his brother Krishna on a stormy night by shading him like an umbrella.