A magnificent nagakal stone

A magnificent nagakal stone, now on display in the Government Museum. The central design is in the form of a kolam, the sacred patterns ritually drawn by Tamil women at the threshold of their homes for good luck. At the top is the flayed head of a cobra, king of the nagas. Hindus worship snakes as symbols of fertility. Thus, women desiring to conceive make offerings to nagakal stones. Madras, India


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