Sheshashayi Vishnu

2019.311

Sheshashayi Vishnu

2019.311

Description

The painting depicts Lord Vishnu sleeping on the coils of Serpent Ananta Sehsa in the cosmic ocean Kshirsagara.Lord Brahma is shown on a lotus coming out from Vishnu’s navel indicating creation.Vishnu’s consorts Shridevi and Bhudevi are seated by his side.

This form of Vishnu is particularly popular in South India. Anantachaturdashi Vrata dedicated to Sheshashyayi Vishnu is widely observed all over India in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeared on this day as Sheshashyayi or Padmanabha lying on the couch of Ananta Shesha serpent.

Gift of Shri. Kuldip Singh.

Collection

Indian Paintings

Object Type

Painting

Material

Wood, Colours, Golden foil

Schools/Culture/Period

South Indian

Technique

Painting on wooden panel

Date

C. 19th century CE

Location

South India

Dimension

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