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The Snake

The snake in the picture is the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah). It is very poisonous; its bite can even kill an elephant. A person would be dead within 15 to 20 minutes of being bitten.

The King Cobra can grow up to 5.5m (18 foot) long. It is not normally aggressive. To frighten off an enemy it hisses and raises the front of its body, spreading out the skin around its neck until it looks like a hood.


Indrajita

Ravana's son Indrajita is also known as Meganatha. He earnt the name Indrajita by defeating Indra, the god of heaven, in combat.


The Sacred Books

Christianity has the Bible. Islam has the Koran, but the Hindu faith has no one religious text. Throughout the centuries Hinduism, the world's oldest religion, has gathered a great many sacred texts. Probably the most important and also among the oldest are the Vedas: a collection of four volumes of hymns; the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Etharva Veda. There is also a further text called the Brahmanas which forms a commentary on the hymns of the four Vedas.

The Upanishads are made up of teachings on such mystical concepts as 'World Soul' (Brahmin) and how the individual soul (atman) reaches oneness with the World Soul to gain release (Moksha) from the cycle of birth and death.

There are the Dharma Sutras, and the later Dharma Shastras, which form the backbone of the ancient laws of Hinduism.

In addition to these books are the epic stories Ramayana and Mahabharata and an important book of stories of gods and goddesses called the Puranas.

All these sacred texts were passed down through the generations by word of mouth for many centuries before finally being written in the Sanskrit language.


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