Saptanaga, Saptanāga: 1 definition


Saptanaga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Saptanāga (सप्तनाग).—(Seven serpents). The Saptanāgas are Ananta, Takṣaka, Karka, Padma, Mahāpadma, Śaṅkhaka and Gulika. All of them should be consecrated in temples as wearing Brahma-string and having the face with the expanded hood of a serpent. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 51).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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