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Four Different Types Of Anantashayana Posture Of Bhagavan Vishnu

Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu presents various facets of his manifestation, with one particular portrayal where he reclines upon the coils of the serpent Shesha or Ananta, serving as his divine bed. This form is known as Sheshashayana or Ananta Shayana.  There are four different types of Anantashayana postures - Yoga Shayana, Bhoga Shayana, Veera Shayana and Abhicharika Shayana.

  1. Yogashayana: In this manifestation, Bhagavan Vishnu is depicted with two arms, immersed in a meditative state with half-closed eyes. Instead of his consorts Shri and Bhu, the sages Bhrigu and Markandeya are shown by his side. Brahma is seated on a lotus emerging from Bhagavan Vishnu's navel. This form is revered for spiritual well-being and the pursuit of liberation or moksha.
  2. Bhogashayana: Bhagavan Vishnu is represented with four arms, adorned with elaborate ornaments in this form. Shri and Bhu, along with the sages Bhrigu and Markandeya, are also present. The images of Brahma and Shiva can be seen on the rear wall. This form is venerated for materialistic gains, worldly success, and enjoyment.
  3. Veerashayana: In the Virashayana manifestation, Bhagavan Vishnu wields Shankha (conch) and Chakra (discus) in two of his four hands. At his feet, the demons Madhu and Kaitabha are depicted attempting to attack him. This form is adored for strength and vitality.
  4. Abhicharikashayana: This representation shows Bhagavan Vishnu with a lean body, modest attire, and devoid of any attendants. Typically, this image is installed outside towns or villages and is worshipped for protection against and destruction of enemies.

These diverse forms of Vishnu symbolize different aspects of devotion and address various needs and aspirations of his devotees.