"In Hindu mythology, Nagas are serpentine spirits who reside in the underworld, protecting and offering the teachings of the Mother Goddess. They are said to guard all esoteric and mystical teachings, offering them only to those who come humbly to receive. In turn, they offer protection and gifts to the seeker. Most stories connect Naga Kanya with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of good fortune and abundance. Naga Kanya is also said to be a companion or ally of Vishnu—unlike the other nagas, who fear being eaten by Garuda, Vishnu’s mythical bird mount. In the Buddhist traditions, Naga Kanya is regarded as a Tantric goddess and protector of Dharma."