When did Nagpanchami begin! The man’s friend, not the enemy’s snake,

For the happiness and prosperity of human beings, in the distant past, the Nagas were once exterminated, whether humanely or inhumanly.

The people of the early and middle ages of civilization, especially the inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent like us, were closely connected with nature and the surroundings. By nature I’m talking about plants, animals, water bodies, rivers, seas. As we started to become more modern, we were moving towards urbanization, this yoga also began to fade away, and the animals that were closest to us at one time seemed to move farther. The name of the creature is a snake, whose name in the dark is still feared by the people of the countryside

In our old literary culture, there are enough signs of snakebite In the Mahabharata and Bhagavat, Krishna is called as the incarnation of Vishnu, just as Krishna Agaj Balaram is called the Avatar, the incarnation of Basuki. According to legend, Narayana was buried at Vishnu in the sea of ​​Anantnag in the sea. There are also signs of harmony – in ancient literature, the goddess Mahadev, who is a resident of Kailas, that is, the country of the hills, says that the sages say that a snake is embedded in his neck, meaning he uses a snake muffler. ‘Mahabharata’ – This vehicle of Vishnu receives the eagle’s snake evergreen, while the eagle’s boss, Narayan himself, goes to sleep on the couch of Anantnag.

Narayan, an old lithograph in Ananthasya. Source: Wikipedia

At the age of two, we get a story about the relationship between snakes and humans in the origin of ‘Mahabharata’ – during the childhood of Kurupandav, jealous Duryodhana had thrown him into poisonous confection and into the water. Bhimasen, who was covered in Kalakut, went to the state under the water There, numerous poisonous snakes bite him, poisoned by poison, the middle Pandav regains his strength, and then, in his anger, Nagakul takes him to the Serpent Basuki. Basuki, knowing the identity of Bhima, was delighted and introduced Bhima to his people as his saint and made a special treat and opened the store of nectar in front of Bhima. Bhima got the strength of eight-fourths, mutton-kumbh, nectar, drinking nectar. After proper resting, Basuki sends him to Mortaloo, wearing new clothes.

This episode of ‘Mahabharata’ shows clearly how close the relationship between man and snake was. In this epic, I get a little further in the beginning, and another story – the third Pandav Arjun confessing to the twelfth year of banavas and Brahmacharya for violating the Family Code, was seen by Nagarajkanya Ulupi while he was out on the Ganges in Haridwar, and only knew him as Arjuna. For Draupadi, here is Thorisi’s betrothed Bratabhanga not be. Arjun didn’t have to explain too much, he spent the night with Ulupi and returned to Haridwar again the next morning. The Mahabharata is silent on whether a marriage ceremony took place But Ulupi Ghore was Adhunika, who had agreed to be a single mother for a one-night bed. The harvest of this union is Arjunpura son Erban,

Balaram’s death, old lithograph. Source: Wikipedia

Arjun’s next destination was Manipur in northeastern India, a region where many folk tales still share stories of deep friendship between snakes and humans. At the end of the ‘Mahabharata’, during the destruction of Jaduganas, a thousand purple rays came out of the ocean under the banyan tree at Dwarka, with a mouth full of yoga-like Balaram and fell into the sea, as well as the life of Balaram.

But in this age, the snake is the enemy of the people, we are afraid to see him, we can kill him, although the bag of shoes made of snake leather is a fashion statement to many wealthy women. I have also heard that various medicines are made using snake venom At one time, the love of the serpent was found in folklore and folk dance, where serpentine dance is very prevalent. Classical dance style also has the special status of dance Also in the sadhana world, the first step of the sadhana is to awaken the kundalini – in the tantra, the kundalini is a snake-like object, which sleeps in the lower part of our head.

Death of Tests, Mughal Manuscripts, Source: Wikipedia

But since childhood I have learned that snakes are villains, snakes are our enemy A bit confused to read all these conflicting information, I took refuge in an archaeological-cum-linguistic friend. He taught me not to think of a reptile simply as a snake, it would make a mistake. The snake’s most familiar synonym is snake These Nagas were probably a mighty ancient tribe, with their new love for the Aryans (read Pandavas) and their affection for both. The story of love has been told so long, that the dispute started later and the hostility touched the Pandavas grandson during the test, while the tactics killed the test taker. In order to take revenge, the son of a testicle, born a serpent sacrifice Seeing that the serpent’s offspring was about to disappear, Astari, the son of Jorukku Muni, somehow disarmed him.

The day on which the serpent sacrifice was stopped, is still remembered as ‘Nagpanchami’. Although the snake was specially venerated in that day, the prestige of the tribe, but due to the sacrifice of birth, was almost over. Those who survived somehow survived the persecution of the Aryans by hiding in the woods in the mountains. A friend opened a dictionary of Gyanendramohan Das and showed me that the origin of the word ‘Nag’ is ‘Nag’ (mountain or tree) + non suffix. In fact, that is, in simple terms, those who live in the mountains or on the shores of trees Maybe their totem was a snake, so chronologically the two words mean the same thing. Perhaps the Naga tribe of the northeastern region originated from them Nag design is still prevalent in many parts of India A friend warned me not to confuse the Naga monks with the word ‘nag’. Nagasanshi means something different, Reptiles have no relation with them Naga there means ‘naked’ or naked naked Another meaning of the word ‘nag’ is elephant, but its use is limited The only resemblance to a snake’s elephant seems to be that it is said that both have gems on their head.

Born in Serpent,  old lithograph. Source: Wikipedia

Talking to a friend, I remember a story in our neighboring country of Nepal Story of the far-right era 1 At the foot of the Himalayan Mountains, the sky was a well-connected water reservoir. The Nagara, who was the god of the reservoir, lived underneath that reservoir, with its immense wealth, hence its name was Nagrhad. Many saints used to travel to that holy land One day, the first Buddha Mahamuni Biswasin of the Seven Adivasis came He threw it into the center of a Padma Biju reservoir and said that – on the day when the flower will grow, the Buddha will appear here like a fire. He further predicted that Bodhisattva Manjushri from China would come and do radical reforms in the area. (Keep in mind, this Bodhisattva was a dubious man, though upon hearing Manjushri’s name we consider him a woman)

Centuries later, Bodhisattva came, with the wisdom book in his hand, the mighty Chandrashas sword in his other hand. Looking around, he felt that the water of the lake had to be drained for the true worship of the Holy Flame. He trembled ten steps and withdrew his sword, splitting the surrounding hills. The water of the reservoir went out to India

Snake-bound Buddha, Source: Wikipedia

Endangered Nagas took refuge in Manjusri He said that for the welfare of the greater they should accept this loss, but he will arrange for their proper rehabilitation so that they do not leave the area. The Bodhisattvas knew that the Nagas knew the mystery of rain, treasure and many more, that if they could not find religion, it would not be possible. At the suggestion of Manjushri, the Nagara Suprijans came up to the nearby Tawada reservoir, where they are still living today. After the water was removed, the whole place became a beautiful valley A beautiful city was also built there At first it was called Manjupatnam, then the place was known as ‘Kathmandu’ for its beautiful wooden mansions, and from Kathmandu gradually the name Kathmandu became Pakpakki. History says that the Kathmandu Valley was created almost a million years ago

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu. Photo: Shutterstock

From this story it seems that for the happiness and prosperity of the people, in the distant past, Nagaji was once exterminated, whether humanely or inhumanly. The memory of that nightmare is still scattered in the wilderness And from that, there may be so much hatred for snake people, so much violence


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