MilkyOcean in Hinduism is a
primordial Ocean of milk which exists between cosmic eras. Srihari Vishnu
sleeps on Adi Shesha, the giant serpent, who floats on the MilkyOcean.
This is a famous picture and symbolism associated with Hinduism. It must be
noted that it is also believed that Vishnu resides in Vaikunta on the MilkyOcean.
MilkyOcean symbolically means
absolute truth – when one attains this there is bliss. It is an attempt to
convey to common devotees what is waiting for them when they cross the
In Sanskrit and many Indian languages milky ocean is known
as Ksheera Sagara.
The most famous incident associated with milky ocean is that
of the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan by Asuras and Devas to attain
Amruta or elixir of life.