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I protect the Lord within my coils

The giant snake sculpture can be seen at the Lepakshi Temple in Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh. The base is split and the local legend says that the lingam, base and all was cut out by a workman of the temple during the rest hour while his mother was getting his meal ready. On arriving with his meal his mother expressed her not unnatural surprise and admiration; where upon the stone base immediately fell as under due to the evil influence or unlucky words of praise. (Source

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