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Kadru: The mother of Serpents

According to Hindu beliefs, Kadru is the mother of all Nagas.

Persona of Kadru

She is dazzlingly beautiful and has a mischievous nature. Various stories tell that she keeps disturbing others to make her wishes come true.

Family of Kadru

Her family includes the following


She is considered the daughter of Prajapati Daksha and Panchajani

In Hindu beliefs, a Prajapati is considered the agent of creation, you see a big thing.


She has a lot of sisters including Diti, Aditi, Kālikā, Kapila, Surasa, Simhika, Viśvā, Vinata


Kadru became the consort of Rishi Kashyapa, a very significant Rishi who was the son of Marichi.

Sons of Kadru

She had 1000 sons [serpents/nagas] including Adishesha, who serves Bhagwan Vishnu, Vasuki, whom you can see in the neck of Bhagwan Shiva and of course, the mighty Takshak, who has his own story

kadru the mother of serpents

What is the story of Vinata and Kadru?

Kadru and Vinata asked their husband, Rishi Kashyap, for a boon. He was not an ordinary person and he decided to give them special gifts, like magical presents!

Kadru asked for a thousand sons who would turn into Nagas, and Vinata wished for two super-powerful sons. Sage Kashyapa was kind, and he made their dreams come true with his magical powers. You can read more about this on Kadru and Vinata – the story of boons and curse

What was Kadru curse to Vasuki?

In the above story itself, when Vasuki and a few other sons decline to help her against her ill will to cheat her younger sister Vinata, she becomes furious and gives them a curse that they will be burned alive. How in due course Vasuki saves himself and his brothers is a full story to read that we will soon share here.

How Kadru and Suparna turned into a river and who saved them

This is another story where Kadru and Suparna were told by their husband Rishi Kashyapa not to do any mischievous thing as this was a time to help Devas with a big thing. But by her very nature, she did something bad with a group of devotees and rishis and in return, both of them got a curse to turn into a river. Later Rishi Kashyapa saved them by doing a deep penance.


The Legend of Nagalaya

In another story, the children of Kadru wanted a ride on Garuda as he could fly high very close to the sun. Garuda decided to comply with the wishes of his cousins and took them and flew very high into the sky.

The Nagas could not bear the heat of the sun and eventually started fainting. Garuda brings them back to the earth at a place called Nagalya. When Kadru got to know, she started shouting at her sister Vinata and her son Garuda. Later as per Vinata’s instruction, he brought the water from the pious river Ganga and they were saved.

There are many more stories

Anupam Kaushik

Mr. Anupam Kaushik, the founder of Mokshaverse, is passionate about children and futuristic education. He has helped several school leaders, students, parents, and entrepreneurs around education.

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