In Indian mythology, Karkoṭaka (Sanskrit: कर्कोटक) was a Nāga King who lived in a forest near the Nishadha Kingdom. According to myth, he bit Nala at the request of Indra, transforming Nala into a twisted and ugly shape.
Karkoṭaka had deceived Nārada, who cursed him with the inability to move. Karkoṭaka was a friend of Nala and suggested Nala to go to Rituparṇa, king of Ayodhya and stay with him under the alias "Bāhuka".
In the Nāga Menaka offering, Karkoṭaka is described as being white in color and situated in the southwest of the great lake visualized by the meditator.
- Karkoṭa Empire
- Lalitaditya Muktapida, who claimed to be a descendant of Karkoṭaka
- Karkoṭa fruit
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