Kadru

Hindu - A snake-goddess. Daughter of Daksha. Sister of Vinata. Wife of Kasyapa. Mother of Vasuki and the Nagas. She quarrelled with Vinata, who was her sister and co-wife of Kasyapa, and imprisoned her in the underworld. Vinata's son, Garuda, secured her release by providing the ransom demanded, which was amrita in one story, and in another, the moon itself to illuminate the dark interior of the underworld. It was said that Kadru could crawl into the uterus of a pregnant woman and lay eggs which would be born as snakes or snake-like mortals. She is said to have had a thousand sons, born as serpents from the eggs she produced. All were killed by Garuda. At times, referred to as Kadru.

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