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|Other name(s)||Naag, Naagin|
|Country||India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|
Per Indian mythology, a normal cobra will become an Ichchadhari Naag or Naagin after 100 years of tapasya (penance). After being blessed by Lord Shiva, they can take the form of any living creature, including humans, and can live for more than a hundred years without getting old.
Ichchadhari Naag and Naagin have a gem called Naagmani (cobra pearl, serpent crystal, snake gem), considered much more valuable than any precious stone. Legends tell of many people dying through snake bites when they try to steal the Naagmani.
When a Naag or Naagin is killed, the image of its killer is captured in its eyes. The partner of that Naag or Naagin will take revenge on the killers by identifying them with the help of this image.
Naags can take any form of their choice, specially during revenge time. They will go crazy and are forced to show their true form if they hear the been sound, a wind instrument used by sapera (snake charmer). .
Also a naag or naagin cannot fall in love with a human,if he/she does and consummate their love then they tend to lose their powers and live as a normal human being.
The legends of Ichchadhari Naags have been used as a plot basis for many comics and stories. The comic book superhero character Nagraj ("Cobra-King") is also based on these legends. There is another famous Hindi comic character, Tausi, who was a male shape-shifting snake. Apart from these, the concept has been used for many children's short stories.
Films and TV shows
It became one of the highest-rated shows on Indian television.
Another television series which has a shape-shifting serpent role is Nandini, which started airing on 23 January 2017. It is simultaneously aired in four different Indian languages: Tamil (original version), Kannada (re-shot), Telugu (dubbed) and Malayalam (dubbed).
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