Ananta

Hindu - A serpent with 1,000 (or 7) heads. King of the Nagas. Son of Kasyapa and Kadru, some say. Brother of Manasa. In some accounts Ananta is identified with Vasuki; in others they are separate and Vasuki is Ananta's son. He is the ruler of Patala and lives in a palace, Mani-Mandapa. The world is said to rest on his heads. The world is destroyed at the end of each kalpa by the fiery breath of Ananta. Vishnu sleeps on the coils of the serpent, floating on the primordial waters, in the intervals between cosmic cycles. He or Vasuki was used as a rope, coiled round Mount Mandara and pulled by the gods and demons to cause the Churning of the Ocean. Either Ananta or Vasuki tried to poison the amrita that emerged at the Churning of the Ocean but Shiva sucked up all the snake's venom and held it in his throat to save the lives of the other gods. Some say that Balarama is an incarnation of Ananta, others that Ananta came out of his mouth just before Balarama died. Also referred to as Ananta, Brahma, Brahma, Brahman, Vaivarta, Abjaja, Abjayoni, Absolute, Astakarna, Brahman, Dhatar, Dhatri, Grandfather, hamsa, Hiranyagarbha, Ishvara, Kala, Kamalasana, Mahadeva, Narayana, Padma-Nabha, Pitamaha, Prajapati, Purusha, Svayambhu(va), Varaha, Vishvakarma, Buddhist Janardana, Vairocana, Cambodian Prah Phrom, Japanese Bon-Ten-O, Dainichi, Thai Phrom, Endless One, Endless One, Ananta, Remainder, Remainder, Ananta, Sesa, Sesa, Basuki, Sesanaga, Sesanaga, Sesha, Sesha, Seshanaga, Seshanaga, Shesha, Shesha, Sheshanaga, Sheshanaga, Vasuki, Vasuki, Ananta, Pacific Basuki, Vishnu, Vishnu, Adhoksaja, Dakshina, Lord Creator, Lord of Sacred Wisdom, Lord of the Universe, Padma, Primaeval Being, Vasu, Visnu, Wishnu, World Maintainer, Achyuta, Acyata, Adimurti, Anatas(h)ayana, Annamurti, Bhumiya, Caturmurti, Dakshina, Dhanvantari, Dharma, Dhruva, Erlanga, Girija, Hanuman, Hayagriva, Hrsikesa, Jala-Shayin, Janardana, Kesava, Mahapurusha, Maharaja, Mandhatha, Manmatha, Mohini, Mukunda, Narada, Narasinha, Padma(-Nabha), 'pervader', Panchayudha, Pandurganga, Piyusaharana, Pradyumna, Pr(i)thu, Rsabha, Salagrama, S(h)amba, Trivikrama, Vasu, Venkata, Viratapurusa, Vis(h)varupa, Vithoba, Vitthali, Vyasa, Yajna, Yajnesh(var)a, Buddhist Akshobhya, Cambodian Hari, Harihara, Prah Noreai-Narayana, Chinese Wu-shun, Japanese Ashuku, Javanese Kresna, Sadana, Sadona, Pacific Islands Poe Mpalaburu, Wisnu, Thai Narayana, Phra Narai, Jagannath, World Serpent, World Serpent, Ananta or Iormungandr.
Hindu - An epithet applied to the major Hindu. Deities such as Devi and Vishnu. Also commonly referred to as Ananta, Brahma, Brahma, Brahman, Vaivarta, Abjaja, Abjayoni, Absolute, Astakarna, Brahman, Dhatar, Dhatri, Grandfather, hamsa, Hiranyagarbha, Ishvara, Kala, Kamalasana, Mahadeva, Narayana, Padma-Nabha, Pitamaha, Prajapati, Purusha, Svayambhu(va), Varaha, Vishvakarma, Buddhist Janardana, Vairocana, Cambodian Prah Phrom, Japanese Bon-Ten-O, Dainichi, Thai Phrom, Endless One, Endless One, Ananta, Remainder, Remainder, Ananta, Sesa, Sesa, Basuki, Sesanaga, Sesanaga, Sesha, Sesha, Seshanaga, Seshanaga, Shesha, Shesha, Sheshanaga, Sheshanaga, Vasuki, Vasuki, Ananta, Pacific Basuki, Vishnu, Vishnu, Adhoksaja, Dakshina, Lord Creator, Lord of Sacred Wisdom, Lord of the Universe, Padma, Primaeval Being, Vasu, Visnu, Wishnu, World Maintainer, Achyuta, Acyata, Adimurti, Anatas(h)ayana, Annamurti, Bhumiya, Caturmurti, Dakshina, Dhanvantari, Dharma, Dhruva, Erlanga, Girija, Hanuman, Hayagriva, Hrsikesa, Jala-Shayin, Janardana, Kesava, Mahapurusha, Maharaja, Mandhatha, Manmatha, Mohini, Mukunda, Narada, Narasinha, Padma(-Nabha), 'pervader', Panchayudha, Pandurganga, Piyusaharana, Pradyumna, Pr(i)thu, Rsabha, Salagrama, S(h)amba, Trivikrama, Vasu, Venkata, Viratapurusa, Vis(h)varupa, Vithoba, Vitthali, Vyasa, Yajna, Yajnesh(var)a, Buddhist Akshobhya, Cambodian Hari, Harihara, Prah Noreai-Narayana, Chinese Wu-shun, Japanese Ashuku, Javanese Kresna, Sadana, Sadona, Pacific Islands Poe Mpalaburu, Wisnu, Thai Narayana, Phra Narai, Jagannath, World Serpent, World Serpent, Ananta or Iormungandr.

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