Naga, or serpent, cults date back to the earliest Indus valley civilizations around 2500 B.C.E. Nagas inhabit the underworld, where they guard the riches and treasures that are found there. They carry a precious jewel in their forehead. Nagas, or serpents, are also the guardians of water and the ones who give rain.
The nagas were incorporated into Buddhism early on, and much of the symbolism was maintained. In Buddhism, nagas are thought to dwell in the underworld, guarding treasures and concealed teachings.
Nagas can manifest in a variety of forms. The daughters of nagas are known as naga kanyas. The upper part of the body is human, while the lower part is that of a serpent. Although we have placed our statue of Naga Kanya with the Hindu goddesses, a case could be made for including it with the Buddhists.
Large: 4"(10 cm)/5.5 oz