Tsunami Miracle or Optical Illusion? (Post No 2721)


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Written by london swaminathan

Date: 13 April, 2016


Post No. 2721


Time uploaded in London :– 20-40

( Thanks for the Pictures  ) 




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 sesha, pullaboothangudi


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Can you see the snake head or snake mouth like waves in the picture?


I was looking at the pictures of Tsunami waves that struck several countries in 2004 and 2011. I was amazed to see the “snake headed waves” devouring the land. Immediately I am reminded of Hindu mythological stories of Nagas (Snake or people with snake totem) and the Snake bed of Vishnu, one of the trinities of Hinduism. Is there any connection?


Snake is part of all the cultures in the world, whether it is the Rainbow snake of Australian aborigines or the biblical snake, we see snake playing an important role. We have Snake Queen in the Rig Veda and the later Indus Valley Civilization as well. (Please read my post Serpent Queen: Indus Valley to Sabarimalai – posted on 17th June 2012)


Though there is no religion or culture without a snake in it, Hindus are the only community who worship snakes from the Vedic days until today. There are millions of snake headed statues in the temples from Kashmir to Kanyakumari which we cant find anywhere else on the earth. All the Hindu gods are linked with a snake in one way or another. All the temples in Tamil Nadu have Naga Vahana (snake mount on which gods and goddesses are taken in procession). When I was looking at one of these Naga Vahana, I found a striking similarity between the several headed snakes in the Naga Vahana and the several “snake headed” waves in the Tsunami.

(See the pictures and compare them for yourselves)



Here we see the snakes with open mouths.


Encyclopaedias describe Adi Sesha as the King of the serpent race or Nagas and of the infernal regions called Patala. A serpent with a Thousand Heads which is the couch and canopy of Lord Vishnu whilst sleeping during the intervals of Creation. Here is the similarity.


Biologists or scientists knew no snakes with more than one head. All the face book snakes with several heads or newspaper reports of several headed snakes are fakes or toys. Very rarely, like we Siamese twins, we see two headed snake. They are freaks in nature and they die immediately. But all the Tamil temples have several headed snake Vahanas (Mounts of Gods) and they are taken into the streets every year during the festivals. Since no one can make a 1000 headed snake, a symbolic 5 or 7 or 9 headed snake is used in the temples. But where is the 1000 headed snake described in our Puranas/mythologies. You can see them in the Tsunami waves!!



In Hindu mythology, the 1000 headed snake is represented as supporting the world or supporting the seven underground worlds. At the end of each Kalpa, he vomits venomous fire that destroys all the creation. This is what happened during Tsunami. Tsunami waves always create fire. I have written in another article about fire in the waves seen by the people of Andhra Pradesh during a cyclonic storm that killed tens of thousands of people in the 1960s.


We also know the story of churning of the ocean where the snake was used as the rope on the churning rod. English word snake itself came from the Sanskrit word S-Naka (Naga) and the word serpent also came from Sanskrit Sarpa (Uraeus also came from Uraka). All these point in one direction. When Hindus say that the 1000 headed snake is the bed on which Vishnu lies and the 1000 headed snake floats on the ocean, it actually mean Tsunami that comes in the shape of 1000 headed snake during the time of final dissolution or destruction.


Sesha is also called Ananta which means endless, very appropriate for the endless cycle of creation and destruction.

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The snake has such remarkable natural associations with life and death that it plays a significant role in most cultural traditions. The biblical serpent, the embodiment of Satan in the Garden of Eden, later becomes the serpent of brass put upon a pole by Moses.


In Norse mythology a huge snake is wrapped around the earth. In ancient Egypt it was the gigantic Apophis, which threatens to capsize the boat of the Sun God. Vedic, Greek, Sumerian, Mycenaean, Minoan, Mayan, Inca, aborigines around the world – all have stories about snakes. Now you can look at the pictures again and compare them with the Naga Vahanas of Hindu temples.


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