Ichchadhari Naag

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Ichchadhari Naag, Ichchadhari Naagin
GroupingLegendary creature
Sub groupingSnake
Other name(s)Naag, Naagin
CountryIndia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Ichchadhari Naags (female: Ichchadhari Naagins) are mythical shape-shifting cobras in Indian folklore. They are great devotees of Lord Shiva.


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.

Children's comics[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Films and TV shows[edit]

Many Bollywood films incorporate these legends, or the character of Nagraj, such as Nagin, Sridevi in the 1986 film Nagina, Reena Roy in Nagin (1976), and also Nache Nagin Gali Gali (1989).

In 2007, a television series called Naaginn began on Zee TV, in which Sayantani Ghosh played the role of an Ichchadhari Naagin.

In 2010, a horror adventure film called Hisss appeared, starring Mallika Sherawat as Nagin the leading role.

In 2015, a television series called Naagin began on Colors TV.

It starred Mouni Roy, Arjun Bijlani, Adaa Khan and Sudha Chandran in season 1

Mouni Roy, Karanvir Bohra, Adaa Khan and Sudha Chandran in season 2

Surbhi Jyoti, Anita Hassanandani, Pearl V Puri and Rakshanda Khan in season 3

Nia Sharma, Vijayendra Kumeria, Sayantani Ghosh, Jasmin Bhasin and Anita Hassanandani in season 4

Surbhi Chandna, Sharad Malhotra and Mohit Sehgal in season 5

Tejasswi Prakash, Mahek Chahal, Simba Nagpal, Sudha Chandran and Urvashi Dholakia in season 6

It became one of the highest-rated shows on Indian television.

In 2016, a soap opera Nagarjuna - Ek Yoddha started starring Nikitan Dheer, Anshuman Malhotra, Mrunal Jain & Pearl v puri in lead roles.

In 2016, the soap opera Ichhapyaari Naagin started, starring Priyal Gor in the lead role of a serpent.

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).

Naagin was the first Ichchadhari Naagin Pakistani serial.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Geo Kahani launches new series". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2 May 2017.