A shrine containing snake gods, Hanuman and the peepul tree, considered holy in Hinduism.

The seven underground worlds

pleasure palaces

Heaven, earth and underworld

Swarga, Prithvi and Patalam
Snake worship in Bangalore

Why did humans worship snakes?

Across multiple cultures?

Snakes suffuse myths

from African to Aztec cultures
Snake temple in Bangalore
Early Indian necklace made with snake vertebrae. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Language of the Snakes

Prakrit, not Sanskrit

This snake pit in Bangalore

lies in the middle of a cemetary
A snake hill in Bangalore in the back of a cemetary
Dheena beside snake hill

The man in the photo is Dheena

Says that snake pits are born of cow dung

Snakes guarding caves

filled with jewels
Gold and emerald ring with 6 cobras intertwined on the side. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Kali protected by snakes

Snakes and the spirit

Fierce snake goddesses

worshipped by pregnant women
Nagamma or Snake goddess
Vishnu in ananthasayanam (blissful rest) on Adisesha, the serpent. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sleeping on a snake

in the milky ocean

Snake rising up the spine

called the kundalini
Twin snakes illustration

The swastika symbol which Hindus consider holy began with a snake.