Despite the uncertainty about the time of Patanjali’s birth, there are many myths surrounding the nature of it. Some say that Patanjali fell to Earth as a snake: a powerful yogini called Gonika. It is also said that Patanjali was an incarnation of Ananta, or Shesha, the 1,000-headed serpent king who is often depicted supporting Lord Vishnu.
Patanjali is thought to have resided in Gonda, a district of Uttar Pradesh that was also where Buddha resided. This area was known as a center for Sanskrit study.
There are other works, including significant texts on Ayurveda and other texts on yoga, which are attributed to an author named Patanjali. Although some believe that this was the same Patanjali who authored the Yoga Sutras, it is now more commonly accepted that this was someone else.