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Ichchadhari Naag (male) or Naagin (female) are mythical shapeshifting cobras in Indian and Nepali folklore. These creatures would obtain their power by living for 100 years, not biting any living beings or meditating. Some of these who are offspring of a pair from their birth have such power. The first such creature was a female who was by birth a Naagin. She was created by Lord Kirshna. In some folklore this story prevails. They prefer to be in the form of a human being most of the time.
Ichchadhari Naag, in snake form, possess a gem called "Naag Mani", considered much more valuable than a diamond. Legends tell of many people losing their lives through snake bites, when the snakes took revenge for stolen Mani, or if either of a pair of snakes was killed. According to legend, the snakes can be controlled using Been, the musical instrument used by snake charmers. These types of snakes are said to be vengeful and will take revenge on anyone who disturbs them, this could be either by killing or hurting their love or family member. They are also great devotees of Lord Shiva. Its said that the first of these creatures was created by Lord Shiva while he came out of the pillar when Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma were fighting on who is superior to whom.
The legends of Ichchhadhari Naag have been used as a plot basis for many comic plot and stories. The comic book superhero character "Nagraj" ("Cobra-King") is also based on these legends. There is another famous Hindi comic character, named Tausi, who was a male shape shifting snake. Apart from these, the concept had been used for many children's short stories. Not only Nagraj but His enemies and rivals were also inspired from these type of snakes.
Bollywood and Indian TV shows
In 2007, a television series called Naaginn began on Zee TV, in which Sayantani Ghosh played role of an Ichchhadhari Naagin. In 2015, a television series called Naagin began, in which Mouni Roy, Adaa Khan , Anita Hassanandani and Surbhi Jyoti play the lead role of serpents . This show is running till now and showing the belief of people on Naagins . It had and is gaining TRP day – by – day and had left all shows behind . BARC Report per week always say that ' Naagin retained its first position ' . In 2016, the soap opera Ichhapyaari Naagin started, starring Priyal Gor in the lead role of a serpent. In 2016, Naagakanya started, starring Deepika Das.
Another television series which has shape shifting snake role is Nandini which started airing on 23 January 2017. This series is being simultaneously aired in four different Indian languages, viz. Tamil (Original version), Kannada (Re-shot), Telugu (dubbed) and Malayalam (dubbed).
Lollywood and Pakistani TV shows
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