Snakes have significant place in Hindu tradition. The Sheshnag is basically a 5 headed snake that has a very important role in Hindu mythology.
Seshnag is depicted with a huge form that floats coiled in space, or on the universal ocean, to form the bed on which Lord Vishnu (protector of universe according to Hindu mythology) lies.
Shesha means “that which remains”in the Sanskrit.
This snake stands with its fangs open over the head of God Vishnu. Its coiled body forms the throne on which Lord Vishnu is reclining. This is the reason that this snake is worshipped by Hindus.
There are many myths surrounding this huge snake and today we will tell you the most important one.
Sheshnag is also called Ananta-Shesha or Adishesha. It signifies the moving forward of Kaal/time. It is believed that is infinite and will exist even after the destruction of the Universe. The one who is relaxing on the coiled Shehsa is called Narayana which means it is the ultimate controller of this cosmic energy.
Sheshnaag’s mother and brothers used to trouble others. Tired by this, Sheshnag left his home and went to the Himalayas. He started doing penance on the mountains.
Being pleased with his penance, Brahma gave him a boon that your intellect will never be distracted by religion.
Brahma also told Sheshnag that this earth is constantly shaking, so you should put it on your own feet in such a way that it becomes stable. Thus, Sheshnag embraces the entire earth on its own. In Kshirsagar, Lord Vishnu is the only Varanu on the seat of the Sheshnag. According to religious texts, Lord Sriram’s younger brother Laxman and Shrikrishna’s elder brother Balram were the incarnations of Sheshnag.
It is believed that when Sheshnaag coils forward, creation happens, and when it coils backwards, the universe ceases to exist.