Sleeping Vishnu at the Budhanikantha Temple (Nepal)
Lord Vishnu is depicted as in Yoga Nidra, a state when one appears to be asleep but is fully conscious, lying down on Adisesha, the Snake, floating on the Ksheera Saagara, Ocean of Milk.
The eleven heads of the Snake cradle Vishnu's head. Shesha is the eternal, multi-headed king of the serpent deities known as Nagas, and also is the servant of Vishnu.
For more info about this Temple and this Sleeping Vishnu sculpture, read sacredsites.com/asia/nepal/budhanilkantha.html.
Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.
This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.
Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.
Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.
Photos of Nāgas, Snake Deities of Buddhism and Hinduism. I took those photos in Thailand and Laos.
Nāgas are often represented with five, seven or sometimes nine heads.
For more information about the Nāgas Snakes, please check this Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%c4%81ga .