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Supreme Being, God of Protection, Preservation of Good, Dharma restoration,Controller of entire Universe,absolute protector of devotee Moksha[1][2]
Member of Trimurti
Bhagavan Vishnu.jpg
AffiliationAdi Narayana, Paramathma, Dashavatara, Parabrahman(Vaishnavism), Trimurti
AbodeVaikuntha, Kshir Sagar
Mantraॐ नमो नारायणाया (Om Namo Narayanaya)
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय (Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya)
Weapondiscus (Sudarshana Chakra) and mace (Kaumodaki gada)[3]
SymbolsShaligram, Lotus, Shesha
FestivalsHoli, Ram Navami, Krishna Janmashtami, Narasimha Jayanti, Diwali, Onam, Vivaha Panchami, Vijayadashami, Anant Chaturdashi, Devshayani Ekadashi, Kartik Purnima, Tulsi Vivah[4]
Personal information
SiblingsAdi Parashakti alias Parvati

Vishnu is one of the three main gods in Hinduism and the Absolute Supreme being in Vaishnava tradition. Vishnu is one of the Trimoortis in Hinduism.[5] 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. He is famously taken many guises. But three main forms of Vishnu are Karanodakshayi Vishnu (Mahavishnu), Garbhodakshayi Vishnu and Kshirodakashayi Vishnu. The latter two being the expansion of Karanodakshayi Vishnu. Is the preserver of of dharma and karma along with Braman he punishes evil doers and is also one of the creators of the universe in some Hindu myths he Also made brama and shankar

Avatars[change | change source]

According to the Bhagwat Mahapuran there are 24 avatars of Lord Vishnu, with 23 being descended and 1 left. But the below 10 are mostly important. The 10 Avatars of Vishnu (in the order they appeared):

  • Balarama (Physically advanced man)
  • Buddha (Intellectual and scientific man - but according to buddism, he is not incarnation of vishnu)
  • 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,[6] 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. 3.0 3.1 Constance Jones; James D. Ryan (2006). Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Infobase Publishing. pp. 491–492. ISBN 978-0-8160-7564-5.
  4. Muriel Marion Underhill (1991). The Hindu Religious Year. Asian Educational Services. pp. 75–91. ISBN 978-81-206-0523-7.
  5. "Vishnu | Hindu deity". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  6. Akshatha Vinayak, "Shree Vishnumurthy Temple Of Serenity and Mystery", Native Planet, 6-10-2016

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