Astika (Hinduism)

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The snake sacrifice of Janamejaya, as Astika (boy in red) stops the king

Astika was an ancient Hindu rishi (sage), and he was a son of Jaratkaru by the serpent goddess Manasa - a sister of the great serpent king Vasuki. According to the Mahabharata, he saved the life of a serpent named Takshaka when king Janamejaya made his great sacrifices of serpents. Ultimately, he induced and prevailed upon the king to end his persecution of the serpent race.[1]


  1. ^ Gopal, Madan (1990). K.S. Gautam, ed. India through the ages. Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. p. 72.