Vishnu

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Vishnu
God of Protection, Preservation of Good, Dharma restoration, Moksha[1][2]
Member of Trimurti
Bhagavan Vishnu.jpg
Vishnu
AffiliationDashavatara, Parabrahman (Vaishnavism), Trimurti, Deva, Tridev
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
MountGaruda[3]
FestivalsHoli, Ram Navami, Krishna Janmashtami, Narasimha Jayanti, Diwali, Onam, Vivaha Panchami, Vijayadashami, Anant Chaturdashi, Devshayani Ekadashi, Kartik Purnima, Tulsi Vivah[4]
Personal information
ConsortsLakshmi and Bhūmi
ChildrenKamadeva,Ayyappan, Sundaravalli and Amritavalli
SiblingsAdi Parashakti alias Parvati

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.

Vishnu

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

Kodlamane Shree Vishnumurthy Temple : of Serenity and Mystery,[5] 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. Akshatha Vinayak, "Shree Vishnumurthy Temple Of Serenity and Mystery", Native Planet, 6-10-2016