If the above mentioned are the mysteries behind the Kuladevata sankalpam, then Sarpakavu is another such mystery. Some people do not bear children. Some others have incurable diseases, and so on. They immediately rush to an astrologer . He analyses their problem astrologically. Then he suggests a remedy. He says that there is a Sarpakavu in your family. If you do pooja in that Sarpakavu, all your problems will be solved easily. Some people might be under the influence of the curse of a ‘Sarpa’ (serpent) .So they are not blessed with children . The remedy advised is to do serpent pooja Now what is this serpent ? If worship to a serpent can get you children, then what happens when you worship a lion? Will you get something else? No- because here the serpent referred to is in fact not serpent- the reptile that we see today. It has an entirely different meaning. When Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission, it had a logo. It was that of a hooded snake with its hood raised high above. Certainly Swami Vivekananda was not a snake rearer, then why this particular logo is the question. We should understand that there is a greater scientific reason behind the worship of a serpent. There is a prayer used for Sarpabali. It goes like this- “Oh the snakes of the Earth, the snakes of the atmosphere, the snakes of the Sun: Oh the cosmic life force that moves like the snake and pervades the entire universe …
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