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NAGA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A snake, especially the cobra-capella.

A mythical, semi-divine being, having a human face with the tail of a serpent, and the expanded neck of the cobra. The race of Nagas is said to be a thousand in number, and to have sprung from Kadru, the wife of Kasyapa, for the purpose of people Patala, or the regions below the earth, where they reign in great splendour. From the name of their mother they are called Kadraveyas. Their mother is sometimes called Surasa.

This dominion was taken from them by the Gandharvas, but they recovered it through their sister, the Narmada river, who induced Vishnu to send Pratardana to their assistance.

Their females were handsome, and some of them intermarried with me, as Ulupi with Arjuna.

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