Ananta Shayana

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The Ananta Shayana murti of Lord Vishnu is situated in Bhimkund, Orissa, India at a distance of about 8 kilometres from Talcher.


The idol is under the open sky. The sleeping image of Vishnu at Bhimakund is second only to Gomateswar (Karnataka) in size. It is the largest sleeping image in India.[citation needed] In spite of its magnanimity, the image contains a natural softness. Recent excavations prove it to be from 8th century. Many pilgrims come to view the statue of Lord Vishnu on Ekadashi and Purnimas.