|God of Protection, Preservation of Good, Dharma restoration, Moksha|
Sudarshana Chakra |
Sharanga, Nandaka, Shankha, Narayanastra
The iconography of Hindu god Vishnu has been widespread in history.
Vishnu is one of the three main gods in Hinduism and the supreme being in Vaishnava tradition. Vishnu is the preserver god, which means he protects the earth 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):
- Matsya (Fish)
- Kurma (Turtle)
- Varaha (Boar)
- Narasimha (half lion, half man)
- Vamana (Dwarf / Short man)
- Parashurama (Fierce man / Hunter)
- Rama (Developed man / Ideal man / Fighter)
- Krishna (Cowherd Prince)
- Different branches of Hindu tradition accept two different figures as the 9th avatar of Vishnu:
- Kalki (future avatar, has not appeared yet)
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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, 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]
- Wendy Doniger (1999). Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions. Merriam-Webster. p. 1134. ISBN 978-0-87779-044-0.
- Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica (2008). Encyclopedia of World Religions. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. pp. 445–448. ISBN 978-1-59339-491-2.
- Akshatha Vinayak, "Shree Vishnumurthy Temple Of Serenity and Mystery", Native Planet, 6-10-2016