The altar where Jory Goddess is worshiped. The photo is taken at the main temple in Belur
Karnataka , India
The worship of serpent deities is present in several old cultures, where snakes were seen as entities of strength and renewal. WikipediaWikiProject Indian cities for details --> Belur ( Kannada:ಬೇಲೂರು is a Panchayat town in Hassan district in the
Nagas form an important part of Hindu mythology. They play prominent roles in various legends:
- Shesha (Adisesha, Sheshnaga, or the 1,000 headed snake) upholds the world on his many heads and is said to be used by Lord Vishnu to rest. In Hindu ( Vedic) tradition Shesha (Śeṣa in IAST transliteration Devanagari: शेष is the king of all nagas, one of the primal For other meanings see Vishnu (disambiguation. Vishnu ( IAST viṣṇu Devanagari विष्णु (honorific Shesha also sheltered Lord Krishna from a thunderstorm during his birth. Krishna (कृष्ण in Devanagari kṛṣṇa in IAST, ˈkr̩ʂɳə in classical Sanskrit is a deity worshiped across many traditions of Hinduism
- Vasuki allowed himself to be coiled around Mount Mandara by the Devas and Asuras to churn the milky ocean creating the ambrosia of immortality. Vasuki is a Sanskrit name for a naga, one of the serpents of Buddhist and Hindu mythology Overview Mount Mandaranchal or Meru (मंदर is a mountain which appears in the Samudra manthan episode in the Hindu Puranas Deva (देव in Devanagari script pronounced as /'d̪evə/ is the Sanskrit word for "god Deity " In Hinduism In Hinduism, the Asura ( Sanskrit: असुर are a group of power-seeking deities sometimes referred to as Demons or sinful
- Kaliya poisoned the Jamuna / Yamuna river where he lived. Kaliya ( IAST: Kāliyā, Devanagari: कालिया) in Hindu mythology, was the name of a poisonous Nāga Krishna (Balakrishna / infant Krishna) subdued Kaliya by dancing on him and compelled him to leave the river.
- Manasadevi is the queen of the snakes.
- Ananta is the endless snake who circles the world.
- Padmanabha (or Padmaka) is the guardian snake of the south.
- Astika is half Brahmin and half naga. Brahmin ( Brāhmaṇa, sa ब्राह्मणः is the class of educators scholars and preachers in Brahminical Hinduism.
Lord Shiva also wears a snake around his neck
Nag panchami is an important Hindu festival associated with snake worship which takes place of the fifth day of Shravana. According to Buddhist legend the first notable king of Shambhala, King Suchandra (or Chandrabhadra Tib Shiva:(pronunciation; Sanskrit: शिव Śiva, lit "Auspicious one" One of the Trimurtis Shiva is the supreme God in the Shaiva 'Nāga Panchamī ( Sanskrit: नाग पंचमी is a Hindu festival celebrated by Hindus in most parts of India. Shravana (Devanagari श्रवणा is the 22th nakshatra (Devanagari नक्षत्र or lunar mansion as used in Hindu astronomy and Snake idols are offered gifts of milk and incense to help the worshipper to gain knowledge, wealth, and fame.
Mesopotamians and Semites
Ancient Mesopotamians and Semites believed that snakes were immortal because they could infinitely shed their skin and appear forever youthful, appearing in a fresh guise every time. 
The Greeks believed in Gorgons and Medusa. In Greek mythology, a gorgon ( Greek: γοργώ or γοργών transl In Greek mythology, Medusa ( Greek: Μέδουσα (Médousa "guardian protectress" was a monstrous Chthonic female character gazing upon
Contemporary Christian culture identifies the snake as a symbol of evil, tempting Adam and Eve into the fall of man.
Snake handling in Christianity
Snake handling is a religious ritual in a small number of Christian churches in the U.S., usually characterized as rural and Pentecostal, particularly the Church of God with Signs Following. Snake handling is a religious Ritual in a small number of Pentecostal churches in the U A ritual is a set of actions often thought to have Symbolic value the performance of which is usually prescribed by a Religion or by the Traditions Christianity ( Greek Χριστιανισμός from the word Xριστός ( Christ)is a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Rural areas can be large and isolated (also referred to as "the country" and/or "the countryside over the course of time Pentecostalism is a renewalist religious movement within Christianity that places special emphasis on the direct personal experience of God through the Baptism The Church of God with Signs Following is the name applied to Pentecostal holiness churches that engage in the practice of Snake handling and Practitioners believe it dates to antiquity and quote the Bible to support the practice, especially:
- "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Etymology According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word bible is from Latin biblia, traced from the same word through Medieval Latin and Late Latin " (Mark 16:18)
- "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. " (Luke 10:19)
Images related to snake worship
The Snake God Naga and his consort. The photo is taken at the cave temples clusters of Ajanta, Maharastra, India
A motif of snake goddess. Maharashtra ( Marathi: mahārāṣṭra, IPA) is a state located on the western coast of India. Krishna (कृष्ण in Devanagari kṛṣṇa in IAST, ˈkr̩ʂɳə in classical Sanskrit is a deity worshiped across many traditions of Hinduism Kaliya ( IAST: Kāliyā, Devanagari: कालिया) in Hindu mythology, was the name of a poisonous Nāga Carving on volcanic rock at the Kailash Temple, Ellora, India
Other snake gods
"Legendary Snakes" by Unknown, Indian Times -- Spirituality, December 9, 2004
"Snake Worship" by Unknown,
See also Kailash Temple, also Kailasanatha Temple is one of the 34 monasteries and temples extending over more than 2 km that were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff Ellora ( Marathi: Verul is an archaeological site 30 km (186 miles from the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra Lithuanian mythology had many different gods and deities It is hard to reconstruct the full list of names because the sources are scant and contradictory In Fijian mythology, Degei (pronounced Ndengei is a Snake -god Nagaradhane (ನಾಗಾರಾಧನೆ is a form of Snake worship which along with Bhuta Kola, is one of the unique traditions prevalent in coastal districts of In Egyptian mythology, Nehebkau (also spelt Nehebu-Kau, and Neheb Ka) was originally the explanation of the cause of binding of ''Ka'' and ''Ba'' The Rainbow Serpent (also known as the Rainbow Snake) is an important mythological being for Aboriginal people across Australia In the mythology of Fiji, Ratumaibulu is a god of great importance who presides over agriculture Snake Goddess describes a number of Figurines of a woman holding a serpent in each hand found during excavation of Minoan archaeological sites in In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Ungud is a Snake god who is sometimes male and sometimes female Zombi is the name of a snake-deity in some Voodoo cults of West Africa and Haiti. Nāga ( नाग, IAST: nāgá, Indonesian: naga, Javanese: nogo, Khmer: neak) is Serpent is a word of Latin origin (from serpens serpentis "something that creeps snake" that is commonly used in a specifically mythic or MS Balasubramania, popularly known as Snake Shyam, is a Snake enthusiast Wildlife conservationist and Lecturer in Mysore, India Sarpa Kavu (meaning Abode of the Snake God) small traditional forest(mostly man made of green pockets would have idols of snake gods and worshipped
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