From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Yogasayanamurti, YogaZayanamurti, Yogashayanamurti

Yogaśayanamurti is one of the aspects of Viṣṇu shown as recumbent on Śeṣa or Adiśeṣa as the couch. He is pale blue or blue with a yellowish tinge. He has two arms. He is blissfully absorbed in yoganidrā or yogic slumber. He may be shown as surrounded by the sages Bhṛgu and Mārkaṇḍeya and also the āyudhas or weapons as personified deities like:

  1. Śaṅkha - conch
  2. Cakra - discus
  3. Gadā - mace

The two demons named Madhu and Kaiṭabha are also present.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore