Reclining Vishnu


At the top of this photo you can see a temple priest attending to the murti of a reclining Vishnu in the inner sanctum of the temple. It is said that Vishnu reclines on a snake (Aadi Sesha) as the manages and protect the universe. In the next photo you can see the snake curled over his head. Note also that Vishnu is wearing armor, symbolic of his strength and role as protector of the universe.