The unknown secret of sheshnag and Lord Vishnu

The unknown secret of sheshnag and Lord Vishnu

The unknown secret of sheshnag and Lord Vishnu

The protector of the world, Lord Vishnu, according to Hindu Mythology lies on the king of snakes better known as Kalswarup Sheshnag. He also has his goddess Laxmi by his side resting on the giant five-headed snake.

Ancient scriptures describe his position on the snake as ‘Shantakaram Bhujagshayanam’ which is also written in Hindi as ''शान्ताकारं भुजगशयनं''


This can be said as the form when Lord Vishnu is in quiet peace and resting on the snake. While seeing this, it is understandable that a common question comes across most of us. How is it possible that Lord Vishnu is resting so peacefully on the king of snakes? And, how did this snake become the bed for Lord Vishnu?

If these questions have boggled you, then here we unravel the truth for you.

‘Shesh’ is a Sanskrit word which means ‘that which remains’ and ‘Nag’ means snake. This is a powerful reptile that is a symbol of energy in Hinduism. So when these two words are put together – ‘Shesh’ and ‘Nag’, then it means the one who remains ultimately in energy a.k.a Atman.

The entire meaning of this is that the sum total of all energies in this universe is within and in the possession of the Sheshnag.


Sheshnag is also known as Ananta-Sheshaor Adishesha and is a significance of time moving forward. The reptile is all powerful and indestructible. It will continue to live in its form even after the destruction of the universe, if it so happens. The one who is resting and having peace on the coiled snake is called Narayana which means that he is in control of all the cosmic energy in the universe.

What Lord Vishnu resting on Sheshnag Symbolizes?

There are a lot of explanations on Lord Vishnu’s resting pose on the Sheshnag. However, there are a few things commonly agreed by most of the spiritualists and observers. As everyone knows the human life is one that is filled with a lot of responsibilities and duties. The biggest and most important among all these duties is what one has to do for his family and society. While many consider this as a suffering of the human form, this is in fact the blessing of being a human. Sheshnag represents all the adversities and hardships that one can face in life while Lord Vishnu is the symbol and light that gives us hope and advises us to remain calm and be composed even in the toughest of times.


By the way, did you know that Lord Vishnu in this resting pose is called Narayana and in his active form is called Vishnu? That’s quite an interesting fact isn’t it?

Sheshnag and Vasuki

According to Hindu scriptures, Sheshnag had taken the form of Balarama who is the brother of Krishna in Mahabharata. The king of snakes also had taken the form of Laxman, the brother of Lord Rama in Ramayana.

Sheshnag had a brother going by the name of Vasuki. The brother of the king of snakes was used as the special rope which churned the ocean of milk during the period of Samudra Manthan.