why does lord shiva have a snake

Lord Siva is depicted in many images like the one above as wearing a
garland of snakes around his neck. There is a deep symbolism hidden
behind this. Lord Siva is know as Pasupathinath, the lord of all creatures. Being a lord of the animals he has complete control on their
behavior. Since a snake is one of the most feared and dangerous
animals in the world, the garland of snakes around the neck firmly
establishes this fact even the snakes fear Him and remain under his
control. The snake stands for all the evil and demonical nature in the
world. By wearing the snake around his neck, Lord Siva gives us the
assurance that no evil can touch us or destroy us once we surrender
to him, seek his protection and worship him with deep
devotion.


The snake also stands for the power of kundalini, which is
described as a coiled serpent lying dormant in the muladhara chakra
of all human beings and descends upwards when one starts ones
spiritual journey and becomes increasingly divine oriented. The
snake around the neck of Siva conveys the meaning that in him the
kundalini not only has arisen fully but is also actively involved in
the divine activity by keeping an eye on all the devotees who
approach Siva with their individual problems. The snake also stands for all passions and desires. By wearing
the snakes around his neck, Lord Siva conveys the message to all his
devotees that He has overcome all desires and is in full control of
Prakriti, or maya and its various machinations.
Lord Shiva is often depicted with snakes around the neck.


Why Lord Shiva wears snakes around his neck? What is name of the snake which worn by Shiva? Snake is one of the Symbols or attributes of Shiva and the symbolism of wearing snake is explained in many Puranas. Lord Shiva lives in mountains and carries nothing precious. Snake also stores nothing, carries nothing, and constructs nothing, lives in mountains and forests alone for long time. To symbolize the nature of simple living, Shiva wears snake around his neck. Generally, snakes represent anger and poisonous nature.


Wearing it around the neck also symbolizes how important to control anger and poisonous nature. Vasuki is the name of the snake around the neck of Lord Shiva as per many books and other sources. Why the snake is curled three times around ShivaБs neck? Three coils represent the past, present, and future time in cycles. Why it is worn like an ornament? It signifies that the creation proceeds in cycles and the Lord himself transcends time. Why the snake looks towards right side? Right side represents the best actions of human in terms of knowledge and wisdom. The main purpose of all the attributes or symbols in Hinduism is to protect the universe by providing natural balance.

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