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    About Vishnu

    Vishnu - Preserver of the Universe

    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity, including BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    (The Creator) and ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    (The Destroyer). VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    has the role of preserving and protecting the universe. The name Vishnu means one who is all pervading and one who enters everywhere. This signifies that he is present everywhere and resides in everything, animate or inanimate. He is not limited by space, time and substance. People who worship Vishnu and his incarnations are known as Vaishnavas. Vishnu is known by thousand names that are collectively known as Vishnu Sahasranama The thousand names of Vishnubut the most common ones are Hari It is another name of Lord Vishnu.(the Lord of nature), Narayana (the refuge of everyone), KrishnaKrishnaKrishna
    It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must...
    (one who has dark complexion), Jagannatha (Lord of the Universe), Lakshmipati (consort of Goddess Lakshmi), Ananta (the endless Lord) etc.

    The two sacred texts dedicated to Vishnu are Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana. The texts contain legends related to Vishnu and explain that he is the Supreme Lord. There are eight major divine glories that are attributed to him. He is omniscient, sovereign, all-powerful, full of vigor, splendid, generous, self-sufficient and compassionate. Whenever truth, peace and righteousness is under threat, Vishnu takes up a new form and come on earth to restore order.

    Ten Incarnations of Vishnu


    Matsya, his first incarnation was as a fish who rescued, the first man, ManuManuManu
    Manu, also popularly known Satyavrata Manu or Shraddha Deva Manu, is regarded as the ancestor of all humanity according to Hinduism.
    , from a great deluge. The second as a turtle to offer support to a mountain on his back and let Gods and demons complete Samudra manthan (churning of the ocean for the elixir of life). The third incarnation was as a boar or VarahaVarahaVaraha
    Varaha is the third incarnation of Vishnu who came on earth to rescue the it from the bottom of a sea. As all the other forms of Vishnu, Varaha too had the purpose of restoring Dharma and ending the rule of evil and maleficence.
    to kill a demon named Hiranyaksha and then fourth incarnation as Narasimha (half-man and half-lion) to kill another demon named Hiranyakashipu. The fifth incarnation was of a dwarf as VamanaVamanaVamana
    In VAMANA Avatar, Vishnu incarnates himself as a dwarf priest...
    to kill a demon named Bali and take the control of universe from him and give it back to the Gods. The sixth incarnation was of Parasurama to kill a king Kartavirya and take back Kamadhenu from him (a cow that could fulfill all desires). His seventh and eight incarnations are the most worshipped ones as RamaRamaRama
     As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Rama...
    and Krishna respectively. Rama was born to kill a demon named Ravana who abducted his wife SitaSitaSita
    Sita is the most benevolent Goddess, who is known...
    and Krishna ended the life of Kansa, a tyrant. BuddhaBuddhaBuddha
    Gautam Buddha was a sage who was born between 563 or 480 BCE in Lumbini...
    was his ninth incantation who preached Buddhism, a religious way to attain personal spiritual development. He taught the ways of accepting and ending the sufferings of a human soul and then to attain salvation. His tenth incarnation is yet to come as KalkiKalkiKalki
    According to Hindu scriptures, an era is divided into four ages and each age has its own qualities and nature...
    . He will come back at the end of Kaliyuga (the present age of decline) to restore back the sat yuga (age of kindness, morality, humanity and compassion).

    Symbolism

    Vishnu has a dark complexion. His skin looks pale blue in color, and he is a four-armed God. He holds a conch in one which is used to spread the sound of ‘Om’, the primordial sound of the universe. He holds a discus (chakra) in another which represents the continuation of time and a weapon used by Vishnu numerous times to kill evil beings. He holds a lotus as a symbol of purity, knowledge and his glorious existence and finally he holds a mace that is used to punish the people who bring in chaos and indiscipline. The four arms also stands for the quest of knowledge, family life, retreat into the forest and renunciation (the four stages of life). They signify the four aims of life which are duty, material goods, pleasure and liberation. The four Vedas Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism(sacred scriptures on Hinduism) and the four castes (Hinduism divides humans into four categories according to their work and birth) are also depicted by his four arms.

    Vishnu is a peaceful deity who sits on the Sheshanga, the king of all serpent deities and take care of the universe and all its troubles and fears peacefully. He rides GarudaGarudaGaruda
    Garuda is a mythological bird-like creature who was large and considered the king of the birds. He was known for his speed...
    , an eagle, a symbol of fearlessness and strength. He is also seen in harmony with Shiva, who is also known as Hara, and together they are called Harihara, He is the representation of Vishnu and Shiva fused together. He is considered as the supreme God by Vaishnavites and Shaivities. He presents the principal of oneness of all existence. They both are considered as one and same entity. They are a single entity of the Brahman. It is presented as an image or idol split down in half. One side represents Shiva with matted hair, pale skin with ash smeared forehead whereas the other half represents Vishnu with a half crown on his head and some jewelry. He is black-skinned and holiness is visible on his face. meaning a part of the same identity. Vishnu is the heart of Shiva and vice-e-verse. LakshmiLakshmiLakshmi
    Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
    , the Goddess of wealth is his consort and lives under waters with him.
     

     


     
     

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