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Still in Pashupatinath, the day of Maha Shivaratri, the big annual Shiva festival that I was describing in my previous post. I finally was able to get out of the compact crowd gathered around the sadhus on the other side of the river, looking for a more quiet place to relax a bit. I found what was maybe the only one around, on the ghats, near a wonderful sculpture of Lord Vishnu lying on a bed of snakes.

Vishnu is the lord of preservation. He performs the cosmic function of cohesion. The constructive nature of his cosmic function stands out in contrast against the destructive dispersive power of Shiva. Vishnu's function is to ensure the sustenance of the universe that Brahma has created. He represents the cosmic cause of existence and the symbolization of eternal life which keeps the universe as one.

Exactly what I was needing at that time, after a full immersion within a sea of Shiva devotees!

Note: I post in a workshop a different POV giving a better unsderstanding of the surroundings.

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