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Kadru (pronounced: "KAH-droo") is considered the mother of snakes. She is one of the daughters of Daksha ("DUCK-shah"), a celestial king.
Both Kadru and her sister, Vinata, were the wives of Kashyapa, a powerful sage. While Kadru gave birth to a thousand nagas, including Vasuki and Takshaka, Vinata had only two sons, Aruṇa and Garuda, the charioteer of Surya and king of bird respectively.
Kadru had once challenged Vinata to guess the tail color of Uchchaihshravas, one of Indra's vahanas. Vinata said the tail is white and Kadru argued that it was black. Then Kadru directed her naga sons to coil around the horse's tail, causing it to appear black. As a result, Vinata lost the bet and she had to become the slave of Kadru. One day, in a palace, Kadru and Vinata were watching Garuda covered in his writhing cousin nagas. Kadru wanted Garuda to take them out for some fresh air, although he wasn't her slave, Kadru could have Vinata tell him to do whatever she wanted. After years of service, Garuda managed to free him and his mother from Kadru, this is why birds and snake never trust each other.
Kadru had similar eyes and chins as her sister, Vinata. She was draped in a sari made of glimmering scales.
- Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, Ch. 26