The wheel of the solar chariot becomes and image of the circular movement of day and night. In Indian mythology when Vishnu retreats from creation to rest, he sleeps on the serpent who is Mother Earth. Her circular coils contain all the creations that have been and all the creation which may be. As the cycles of time, the serpent is used as the rope around Mt. Meru, the center of the world, the axis mundi, for the generation of a new cosmos after this one passes away.
|[aras-image:7An.009,,10,,,Figure 23 Ceiling medallion.]
|[aras-image:7Ar.050,a,10,,,Figure 24 Serpent used as a rope around Mt. Meru.]