From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Yoganidrā literally means ‘sleep-like condition in yoga’.

After pralaya or dissolution of the world, before next creation, God[1] is said to rest in sleep. It is actually a sleep-like condition and is called yoganidrā. Iconographical works like the Pādma-samhitā describe Yoganidrā as a goddess, dark in color, resting on a cot in a half sleepy state. She has two hands, the left carrying a noose and the right a pānapātra or a bowl of intoxicating drink.


  1. God referred here is Lord Viṣṇu.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore