- Indian (culture)
- Aquatic (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
A great fish that was the first manifestation of Vishnu. He was once a small fish and asked a man called Manu Satyavatra to save him. In return he promised to save the man in the future. The fish grew such an enormous size that he had to live in the sea. One day the Matsya warned Manu Satyavatra of an oncoming flood that would wreck the world. He advised the man to build an ark so large that it could fit him and lots of animals and sages. He did this and tied his ark to the sea serpent Sesa-Naga. The flood came and Sesa-Naga fought the Demon Hayagriva to win the possession of the Vedas. Manu then taught these scriptures to the survivors of a new world.
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