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Vishnu and Lakshmi, According to Hindu mythology, Sesha Naga or Ananta (an immense snake with several heads) coiled up to make a bed for Vishnu (the preserver of the Universe). He is lying on its body and Lakshmi, his consort, is sitting at his feet. A lotus flower grows from Vishnu's navel upon which Brahma, the creator of the universe, is seated. Image taken from The Bhagavatapurana. Blessed Lord). Originally published in 1806.
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