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Maha Vishnu (Adi Narayan), Parabrahman
Bhagavan Vishnu.jpg
Maha Vishnu
God of Protection, Preservation of Good, Dharma restoration, Moksha[1][2]
Symbol(s)Lotus, Shesha
WeaponSudarshana Chakra
Sharanga, Nandaka, Shankha, Narayanastra
Vishnu icons across cultures
KINGS of BAKTRIA. Agathokles. Circa 185-170 BC. AR Drachm (3.22 gm, 12h). Bilingual series. BASILEWS AGAQOKLEOUS with Indian god Balarama-Samkarshana.jpg
180 BCE Indo-Greek coin of Agathocles.
4th–6th century CE Gandhara seal.
Museum für Indische Kunst Dahlem Berlin Mai 2006 036 2.jpg
13th century Cambodian Vishnu.
Statue of Vishnu, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (IM 127-1927) - 20090209.jpg
Beikthano (Vishnu) Nat.jpg
Vishnu Kediri.jpg
The iconography of Hindu god Vishnu has been widespread in history.

Vishnu is one of the three main gods in Hinduism and the Absolute Supreme being in Vaishnava tradition. Vishnu is the preserver god, which means he protects the universe from being destroyed and keeps it going, according to this religion, and he has come to earth in nine forms (called avatars) so far, with one yet to come. His most famous forms are Rama and Krishna. Vishnu's wife is Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of fortune.

Vishnu is usually shown with light blue skin and four arms. He holds a lotus, mace (gada), conch (shankha) and disc (chakra) in each of four hands.

Avatars[change | change source]

There are 10 Avatars of Vishnu (in the order they appeared):

  • Balarama (Physically advanced man)
  • Buddha (Intellectual and scientific man)
  • Kalki (future avatar, has not appeared yet)

Icons[change | change source]

Vishnu holds items in his four hands. He holds a conch in the lower right hand, a discus in the upper right hand, a lotus (flower) in the upper left hand and a mace in the lower left hand.


Temples of Vishnu (Mahavishnu)[change | change source]

Kodlamane Shree Vishnumurthy Temple : of Serenity and Mystery,[3] is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is ancient Tirth Kshetra. Visiting such a Shrine away from the crowd is pleasing for the heart. There is no other place like this anywhere in Brahamanda

References[change | change source]

  1. Wendy Doniger (1999). Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions. Merriam-Webster. p. 1134. ISBN 978-0-87779-044-0.
  2. Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica (2008). Encyclopedia of World Religions. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. pp. 445–448. ISBN 978-1-59339-491-2.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. Akshatha Vinayak, "Shree Vishnumurthy Temple Of Serenity and Mystery", Native Planet, 6-10-2016