Vedic Alphabet - F Picture

Fanishwara (also written Phanishwara and literally meaning 'Lord of the hooded ones') or Vasuki, King of serpents in Hindu mythology. So exalted is his place in Vedic scripture that Shiva, of the holy trinity, is described wearing him coiled around his neck as an ornament. Vasuki is also famous in Hindu lore for his role in the churning of the ocean by the Devas (Gods. See Alphabet D) and the Asuras (Anti-Gods. See Alphabet A). Legend speaks of how the serpent king allowed both parties to use him as a churning-rope to churn the ocean with a mountain to obtain Amrit, the nectar of immortality. He is also named as one of the eight Naga Kings in Japanese and Chinese buddhist mythology.
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