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Vasuki
Vasuki
is a nāgarāja, one of the King serpents of Hindu and Buddhist mythology. He is described as having a gem called Nagamani
Nagamani
on his head. Manasa, another naga, is his sister. Vasuki
Vasuki
is Shiva's snake. He is known in Chinese and Japanese mythology as being one of the "eight Great Dragon Kings" (八大龍王 Bādà lóngwáng),[1] amongst Nanda (Nagaraja), Upananda, Sagara (Shakara), Takshaka, Balavan, Anavatapta and Utpala.

Contents

1 Nagamani
Nagamani
of narmatha 2 Descendants 3 See also 4 References

Nagamani
Nagamani
of narmatha[edit] Vasuki
Vasuki
is famous for coiling around Shiva's neck, who blessed and wore him as an ornament. Vasuki
Vasuki
took part in the incident of Samudra manthana by allowing both the devas and the asuras to bind him to Mount Mandara, so that they could use him as their churning rope to extract the amṛta from the ocean of milk.[2] Vasuki
Vasuki
is also mentioned in other Hindu scriptures, such as Ramayana
Ramayana
and Mahabharata. In the Buddhist mythology, Vasuki
Vasuki
and the other Naga Kings appear in the audience for many of Gautama Buddha's sermons. The duties of the naga kings included leading the nagas in protecting and worshipping the Buddha, as well as protecting other enlightened beings. Vasuki's Naga priest is Tatig Naga. Descendants[edit] Vasuka (or Vasuki) is the name of a small Nair
Nair
and pedireddla clan found near Mannarasala in Travancore
Travancore
and also Visakha district in Andhra Pradesh. They claim that their ancestors were Nāga
Nāga
serpents spared when the Khandava Forest
Khandava Forest
(modern day Delhi) was burnt and cleared by Krishna
Krishna
and the Pandavas
Pandavas
to make way for their capital Indraprastha.[3] See also[edit]

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References[edit]

^ http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Eight_great_dragon_kings ^ Jones, Constance (2007). Encyclopedia of Hinduism. New York: Infobase Publishing. p. 300. ISBN 0-8160-5458-4.  ^ Social History of Kerala: The Dravidians By L. A. Krishna
Krishna
Iyer p.003

Cobra Pearl or Nagamani Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend
Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend
(ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna L. Dallapiccola Indian Mythology, by ApamNapat Nagas Stories from the Ramayana Hachi Bushu - The Eight Legions, Buddhist Protectors Dragon in China and Japan (ISBN 0-7661-5839-X) by M.W. De Visser

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