Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Astika - Brahmana who saved the Serpents


Astika was the son of a Rishi named Jaratkaru and the sister of Vasuki, foremost among serpents. The name of this lady was also Jaratkaru.

When King Janamejaya performed the great snake-sacrifice aimed at the destruction of all the snakes in the world, (to avenge the death of his father Parikshit at the hands of the serpent Takshaka), his mother sent Astika to stop the sacrifice. He obtained a boon from Janamejaya, which brought the sacrifice to an end and saved the life of Takshaka. This story is told here.

Last Modified At: Tue Oct 19 20:44:33 2004