From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Śayānamurti literally means ‘image in the reclining posture’.


The images of gods established in temples are generally of three types, of which the śayānamurtis[1] are the last. According to the Vaikhānasāgama it is only the images of Viṣṇu, as those of Raṅganātha and Padmanābha, that are shown as śayāna- murtis.


  1. Śayānamurti are the images in the reclining posture.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore