Nine Sleeping Poses Of Lord Vishnu

Lord Vishnu is portrayed as Sleeping on a Bedroll of a Huge Snake in Paarkkadal,Ksheera Sagara(Ocean of Milk).

This is allegory.

Lord Vishnu does not sleep.

His sleep is called Yoga Nidra (Sleeping posture in Yoga) or Ari Thuyil(Tamil-sleeping while being aware of everything)

The Snake Adisehsa is the coiled Cosmic energy in the Solar Plexus(Mooladhaara).

The Ksheera Saagara is a representation of the Milky way Galaxy.

Please read my Post Vishnu’s’ Conch and Discus in galaxies, filed under Hinduism/Astrophysics.

This Yoga Nidra of Lord Vishnu is of Nine types.

1.Vadabadra Sayanam, Srivilliputtur.Moolavar Image not available.

Vadabathrasayye Srivilliputtur

2.Veera Sayanam at Thiruindalur near Mayuram or Myiladuthurai.

Image is not available.

3.Bhujanga Sayanam.SrirangamThiruvellore,Thirukkottiyur-in twenty Places

Sleeping Visnhnu, Sri Rangam
Bhujanga Sayanam,Sri Ranga,

4.Uthara Sayanam, Sarangapani Temple,Kumbakonam

Sarnagapani Temple,Kumbakonam
Sarangapani Temple,Uthara Sayanam

5.Dharpa Sayanam.This is where Lord Rama is said to have meditated lying down to cross over to Sri Lanka .

He sleeps on Grass(Dharpa)

Thiruppullani Sleeping Vishnu
Dharpa Sayanam Thiruppullani

6.Yoga Sayanam.Chidambaram Thiruchithra Koodam

Sleeping Vishnu Chidambaram
Yoga Nidra of Vishnu Thiruchitrkoodam Chidambaram

7.Manikka Sayanam. Thiruneermalai, near Chennai. Moolavar Image not available.

Thiruneermalai Vishnu
Neervannaperumal Thiruneermalai

8.Bhujanga Sayanam. SriRangam.

Ranganathar, Sri Rangam
Bhujanga Sayana Sri Rangam

9…Ananatha Sayanam. Thiruvananthapuram,Kerala.

Padmanabha Swamy Thiruvananthapuram
Anantha Sayanam ,Thiruvananthapuram

I shall be posting on the significance of each posture

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By Ramanis blog

Retired Senior Management Professional. Lectures on Indian Philosophy,Hinduism, Comparative Religions. Researching Philosophy, Religion. Free lance Writer.Blogger,Tedex Speaker


  1. I found Yoga-Sayanam -(the Yoga Nidra posture of Vishnu, Thiruchitrakoodam, Chidambaram), interesting and informative. In my opinion, taken to its logical end, it has a pointer to the meaning of symbolism- infinity of space. And when placed along with eternity of time (another symbol), together they can lead us to understand the Chidambara Rahasyam.


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