As Vishnu reposes on the coils of the serpent Sesha, his wife Lakshmi sits at his feet, caressing them. She, the goddess of prosperity and abundance, serves her Lord with humility and devotion. The stem of a lotus shoots up from his navel and on the blossom sits Brahma.
Vishnu, dressed in all finery sleeps, his eyes closed, yet awake to the needs of all. With one arm providing rest to his head, the other limbs are also in relaxed state with the attributes lying next to him. The wheel (chakra), the conch shell (shankha), the mace (gada) and a lotus (padma) are usually held in the four hands.
The artist has used various shades of black to depict the turbulent cosmic waters. The effect of the diaphanous odhini and Vishnu's opaque lower garment are achieved through delicate ink shading. Use of pink is a chromatic aberration.
This description by Renu Rana.
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