Around 15 km north of the center of Kathmandu nearby the entrance of National Park Shivapuri the village of Budhanilkantha lies a 5m long sleeping Lord Vishnu (Jalasayana, he who sleeps on the waves lying in a 13m long tank, as if floating with His legs crossed. The sculpture from the 5th century represents Vishnu’s sleeping in the cosmic ocean while resting on Ananta Sesa the thousand headed snake. Only Hindus are allowed down the steps and touch his feet.
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