The Naga , the king of the dragon.
“Naga” is one of the mythical animal that very important for the Buddhism. According to the Lord Buddha’s story. While he was meditation,there was hard rain and this mythical animal came to help him by raise him up from the ground to protect him from the rain. ( You could find the Naga in which telling this part of the Lord Buddha’s story from the Buddha image with the king of the Serpent in most of the temples. The Buddha for Saturday)
From the Lord Buddha’s story , the Naga asked the Lord Buddha to become a monk.The Lord Buddha didn’t allow him and explained that he isn’t a human. The Naga himself was upset and then he had disguised himself by magic
to be a young man and returned back to the Lord Buddha again to become a monk. This time also didn’t work because he has his tail still as the Naga. The Lord Buddha has sawhis strong willing of the Naga and give him a promise to name all men before they become monk, ” The Naga” to show the strong willing of the Naga and to remind his grateful as well.
Every temples stairs case is also the symbol as the way that lead the people to the temples ground. We do compare as the way to lead us to the heaven. The Buddhism believe the temples as the heaven where people could seek for purity in mind and peaceful.