Naga Kanya Bestowing treasures
My silk painting of the treasure giving Naga. She is on fine ahimsa silk that is wrapped over a gilded canvas. The gold shimmers through the silk as the light changes and angle of the onlooker. 24ct gold is also used as sacred highlights on the painting. (Nearly impossible to capture digitally though video footage to try, is available on both my site and YouTube)
Naga Kanya bestowing treasures. What treasures does it represent in your life?
Naga Kanya, (though strictly speaking she is a Nagi or Nagini whereas the male is a naga. Found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Skihism. (more via Wiki)).
I have painted her in watery colours as I feel the entire energy of this powerful deity is of deep waters and the treasures that can be offered from there. Plus blues and aquas are also very feminine colours.
" Naga Kanya
This means daughter of the snake, and was originally a Hindu figure later adopted by the Buddhist to represent the guardians of treasures, especially concealed teachings. Nagarjuna, of the second century, is said to have received the important prajnaparamita sutra text from the underworld nagas or snake deities. This text became a fundamental doctrine of the new Mahayana Buddhist movement, and was published in book form in China in 868 A.D., the earliest printed book in the world. " (http://dharmapundit.blogspot.fr)
Here she offers magic, protection, blessings, prosperity and aligned relationships all In all forms, in all planes of existence. She is the immortal, ultimate treasure bringing Goddess.
With her aquila wings, 'echoing' her mortal enemies' wings, the garudas, we can even suggest that she carries the thunderbolts of Zeus/Jupiter (the beneficent Guru planet).
Notice her shape? Coiled at the base and rising up to the shape very similar to that of Caduceus, Isis (and her high magical powers, cleverly gained from a snake bite to Ra) and the misunderstood and much maligned Lilith. But most notably, the uterus - the seat of creation. Our first home. There is a train of thought that it is in fact the uterus that is implied symbolically in many of these images, more so than the double helix and kundalini rising.
The Naga is the Sanskrit term of deity in the form of a serpent, essentially a water snake.
The study of snakes is called Ophiolatry and it is to be found ubiquitously throughout mankind's history in one form or another. One can even surmise that its fervent demonetization has been a form of worship and it is my contention that such zeal for condemnation comes from a deep seated place of fear. And a great fear is that of truth. And it is upon this 'truth' that I will elucidate some. Though I would always encourage anyone interested, to delve in deeper for themselves as there is a plethora of information out there.
So to dive in to the symbolism of the snake.The salvation from it's toxin lies within it's self. It sheds it's outworn skin revealing it's fresh new one in the world. It is the interminable cyclic nature of Ouroboros It is the Torus.
It is the energy rising, the awakening kundalini.
The naga is associated with water and typically would be found from small ponds to oceans. Water represents our emotional body.
The naga is an aquatic serpent into human form with eagle wings. Water, earth, air. But where is the fire to complete this foursome? In fact, She is her own fire.
In many respects, she represents the unfettered Dakini or kundalini energy.
Awakened, She is what connects us to higher consciousness.
Naga Kanya offers us this treasure from her vase, this treasure of emotional nourishment, offered from her heart of the womb.
10.5"x 16"/ 27cm x 41cm