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Encyclopedia of Hindu Gods


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Basic Description:  Ananta is the serpent on which Vishnu rests between acts of creation.

Alternate Names:  The Endless

Iconography:  A thousand-headed serpent--usually shown with fewer heads--which form a canopy over Vishnu.

Mythology:  Hindus divide time into large cycles. Although many other myths describe Vishnu as active throughout time. According to some stories he sleeps on Ananta between cycles.

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