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.

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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.

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