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Takshak Naag and other Naag are the sons of Kashyap Jee and one of his 13 wives Kadroo. Shesh, Vaasuki etc are all his brothers. Takshak had taken Amrit and thus he was immortal. He had a son named Ashwasen.
Takshak Bites Pareekshit
Shameek Rishi had a son Shringee Rishi who was as powerful as his father. He was playing outside of Aashram. Some children told him that some Raajaa had a dead snake in his father's neck. Hearing this he got very angry and he gave Shaap to him - "Whoever has put insulted my father by putting dead snake in his neck, Takshak Naag will bite him on the 7th day from today." According to Mahaabharat Takshak did bite Pareekshit, but according to Bhaagvat Puraan, Pareekshit heard Bhaagvat Puraan for seven days and left his body on the 7th day through Yog before Takshak could bite him.
Because of this incident Pareekshit's son Janamejaya did a Sarp Yagya, in which he invoked all snakes to fall in his Yagya fire and burn, so that he could take revenge from Takshak of killing of his father. Takshak coiled around Indra's throne to save himself, but because of the effect of Mantra, even Indra's throne also started falling in that Yagya. According to Bhaagvat Puraan Brihspati Jee calmed down Janamejaya and stopped that Yagya; while according to Mahaabhaarat, Rishi Jaratkaaru and Takshak's sister Jaratkaaru's son Aasteek stopped that Yagya and saved the whole Naag race.
Takshak and Uttank
Takshak Saves Naag Race
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/29/13