Hindu Mythology

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SHESHA

Hindu Snake God

Also known as Adishesha, Ananta Shesha, Śesha

The Thousand-Headed Universal Snake God

This magnificent serpent beast is the King of all the Nagas. Oddly enough, he is also the comfortable couch of Lord Vishnu, who likes to rest upon the massive snake during those dull moments between eons.

The offspring of Kadrû — and also Shiva’s pet — Shesha is a primordial being who carries the planets upon his many heads.

When he moves, the universe shakes. When he sneezes, the fabric of creation wobbles. And when he uncoils, time runs backwards and very weird cosmic things happen.

See also Vâsuki.

Shesha Facts and Figures

Name: Shesha
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Adishesha, Ananta Shesha, Śesha

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Snakes
Area of expertise: Snakes

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Article last revised on November 04, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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