Hindu Mythological books are famously filled with stories, fables and pictures of snakes.
Lord Vishnu's couch is the green, thousand-headed snake (Ananta or Sesha) who held up the earth. Lord Shiva wears a snake for ornamental purpose. Even Lord Krishna is called "Kaliya Mardan" to commemorate his victory over the giant snake, Kaliya. On the day of Naag Panchami, tilling of land is forbidden. Snake worship is however believed to have originated due to man's natural fear of reptiles.
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