- Astika (mythology)
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 Takshakawhen king Janamejayamade his great sacrifices of serpents. Ultimately, he induced and prevailed upon the king to forego his persecution of the serpent race.
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