Know your India – Snake statues

naga pratishta

 

Most of us (Indians) would have observed these kind of Snake statues at various places in India. This is a simple – multiple choice – picture quiz on how much you understand about those Snake statues.

Know your India - Naga Pratishta

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Question 1
The reason behind establishing Snake statues in India?
A
To perform black magic
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B
Gaining wealth
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C
Securing Child's future
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D
For fertility
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Question 1 Explanation: 
In most of the cases women of soft constitution are liable to be barren. Indian women do not have the benefit of outdoor exercises except when they go round on annual tours of pilgrimage. So some sort of exercise is of absolute necessity for them to shake off their barrenness. Generally women belonging to the working classes have many children born to them whereas those belonging to the richer classes are barren and if at all they bring forth issues, they are few and not enough strong as compared to the children of the working classes. The wise preceptors of the rich people in bygone days wanted to give the rich ladies some sort of exercise coupled with a mental attitude favourable for child-bearing. Religious belief was pressed into service.
Question 2
Which Idol is depicted under the hood of the middle Snake?
A
Lord Krishna
B
Lord Subramanya
C
Lord Vishnu
D
Lord Shiva
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More information on the Indian custom of establishing snake statues is provided here.

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