The following information i read on the internet about foreigners visiting the alleged Well of Seshna at Banares, Varnasi. But i suppose being outsiders they have given obvious misinterpretations. "Seshna" stands for Ananta Sesha, who incarnated as Lakshmana as brother of Lord Rama, the Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Visnu rests on this coiled Sesha Naga. Could someone explain the true myths and historical details of this well of Sesha Naga? Reports allegedly say that this well opens a door, that leads a portal into the Nagaloka and Patala Loka dimensions.
Varanasi - Well of Sheshna and Sarnath, Home of the Buddha
This entry was posted on 3/12/2008 12:43 AM and is filed under India.
One of our favorite experiences was finding the Well of Patanjali in Sheshna. Three years ago when Mark and a group of devotees last visited Varanasi, they were taken to another well and told that it was Patanjali's. Mark knew it wasn't THE ONE because he couldn't sense the Nagas there.
This trip we tried again to find it. Finding the Well of Sheshna is a very well kept secret in Varanasi and one of our dear Polish friends, Yogananda, did extensive research as to where we could find it. One of our drivers called him on his cell phone and Yogananda guided him and the rest of us to this very incredible spot. They have even built a gym on top of it to further disguise it, but having discovered it, there was no doubt that this was the real place where Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras at the very bottom of the well.
Imagine a gym built right on top of the well. Look down the steps and what do you see?...
Here's what the well looked like...
Some of us enjoyed going down to the water's edge or walking the stairs...
It is said that 30 feet down at the bottom, is a door that leads to another world, the world of the Naga, the reptile-like semi-divine beings who live below the earth. "The book "VENOMOUS REPTILES" states that "Sheshna's well", an alleged opening into the underground reptilian realm of "Patala", may be seen today in Benares, (Varnasi) India, and according to Minton, it's author: "It has forty steps leading down into a circular depression to a stone door covered with cobras. This is said to lead to PATALA, the reptile netherworld". Every three years, they empty the water and have a very incredible celebration. Next emptying is June, 2009. If you'd like to read more about the Naga, here are a couple interesting links: Nagas-wikipedia and Khandro-Tibetan Buddhism.