I believe there are two versions on YouTube and this is the longer. What does the priest say to her at the beginning?I have to search for this movie in my archives as soon as possible in order to find out what really happened to the poor snake and to the poor "Tiger of Eshnapur"!
Hooray, I finally know what happened to the poor snake, because my most loved cultural French-German TV station ARTE broadcast both movies in June 2015 and I am collecting almost every evening & night movie from them. Both movies were international French-German-Italian co-productions with artists from many countries, filmed on real locations in India's Rajasthan, even on the Lake Palace in Udaipur, which is also the background palace of some scenes in the James Bond movie "Octopussy".Yes, the German description of this movie mentions a "Gottesurteil", in which she has to dance in front of a giant cobra, but the reigning Maharaja Chandra saves her life in order to marry her.
According to the dialogue at the end, the Maharadja Chandra seemed to have decapitated the snake (?) and the priest says, that he did a crime because even he (=Chandra) has to obey to the will of the Goddess. By the way, Chandra is an unfriendly despot in the movie and no one I would like to marry if I were a woman.
Obviously, this pitiable snake had a bad dentist, but the Maharaja Chandra really loves and wants her (= the dancer SEETHA, NOT THE SNAKE! ) and saves her life by jumping to the snake and throwing a heavy metal or ceramic (?) "fire container" on her head.
The trouble is, however, is that if you succeed, even if you resist his advances, it's always YOUR fault (never his) and you get fed to the cobra. (I thought it was a fairly unrealistic cobra, frankly.)The cobra was pretty well-behaved too!
It occurs to me I missed out on an interesting career, as a professional temptress,
testing the chastity of celibate monks in eastern monasteries!