sleeping vishnu in pond - budhanikantha temple (nepal)

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 For more info about this Temple and this Sleeping Vishnu sculpture, read sacredsites.­com/­asia/­nepal/­budhanilkantha.­html.

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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