The Indian subcontinent is home to several deadly, poisonous snakes, including the cobra. Death due to snakebite was the most common cause of death in India until recent times. India is also well known traditionally in the west for snake charmers and rope-trick magicians. Magical cure for snakebites is still practiced in remote areas of India. Ancient Indians both feared and revered the snakes. The tradition still continues. Hindus worship snakes in temples as well as in their natural habitats, offering them milk, incense, and prayers. In Christianity a snake symbolizes evil or Devil. In Hinduism the symbolism is much more complex. In Hindu ritual and spiritual tradition, a snake is not an evil creature but a divinity representing eternity as well as materiality, life as well as death, and time as well as timelessness. It symbolizes the three processes of creation, namely creation, preservation and destruction.
You will find references to snake deities in both Hindu folklore and literature. It is possible that Indus people worshipped snakes. They are also popularly associated with both Vishnu and Shiva and several other divinities, including Indra, who rides an elephant called Nagendra, the lord of the snakes, which is probably a reference to Indra's control over the snake world. The Puranas mention several large serpentine deities like Kadru, Manasa, Vinata and Asitka. Vasuki the king of snakes, played a vital role in the churning of the oceans. Several myths, beliefs, legends and scriptures are associated with snakes. Snakes were used in warfare and snake poison was often used in palace intrigues. The following are the most common symbolic descriptions associated with snakes in Hinduism. - Jayaram V, Hinduwebsite.com ✨🐍🙏👁✨Artist: unknown 🎨