37 Facts About Lord Vishnu


Lord Vishnu is the supreme being within Vaishnavism, one of the major traditions within contemporary Hinduism.

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In Vaishnavism, Lord Vishnu is the supreme being who creates, protects, and transforms the universe.

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Lord Vishnu is one of the five equivalent deities in Panchayatana puja of the Smarta tradition of Hinduism.

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Whenever the world is threatened with evil, chaos, and destructive forces, Lord Vishnu descends in the form of an avatar to restore the cosmic order, and protect dharma.

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Lord Vishnu is typically shown with four arms, but two armed representations are found in Hindu texts on artworks.

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Rarely, Lord Vishnu is depicted bearing the bow Sharanga or the sword Nandaka.

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Lord Vishnu is depicted with the Kaustubha gem in a necklace and wearing Vaijayanti, a garland of forest flowers.

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Lord Vishnu iconography show him either in standing pose, seated in a yoga pose, or reclining.

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The avatars of Lord Vishnu descend to empower the good and to destroy evil, thereby restoring Dharma and relieving the burden of the Earth.

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Lord Vishnu is a popular Hindu deity among Tamilians in Tamil Nadu, as well among the Tamil diaspora.

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Lord Vishnu is a Rigvedic deity, but not a prominent one when compared to Indra, Agni and others.

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Lord Vishnu is described in the Vedic literature as the one who supports heaven and earth.

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Lord Vishnu's distinguishing characteristic in Vedas is his association with light.

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In other hymns of the Rigveda, Lord Vishnu is a close friend of Indra.

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Several hymns of the Rigveda repeat the mighty deed of Lord Vishnu called the Trivikrama, which is one of the lasting mythologies in Hinduism since the Vedic times.

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Lord Vishnu is the primary focus of the Vaishnavism-focused Puranas genre of Hindu texts.

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One version of the cosmology, for example, states that Lord Vishnu's eye is at the Southern Celestial Pole from where he watches the cosmos.

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Lord Vishnu Purana discusses the Hindu concept of supreme reality called Brahman in the context of the Upanishads; a discussion that the theistic Vedanta scholar Ramanuja interprets to be about the equivalence of the Brahman with Lord Vishnu, a foundational theology in the Sri Vaishnavism tradition.

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Lord Vishnu is equated with Brahman in the Bhagavata Purana, such as in verse 1.

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The Puranic legends of Lord Vishnu have inspired plays and dramatic arts that are acted out over festivals, particularly through performance arts such as the Sattriya, Manipuri dance, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Bhagavata Mela and Mohiniyattam.

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Lord Vishnu's iconography typically shows Brahma being born in a lotus emerging from his navel, who then is described as creating all the forms in the universe, but not the primordial universe itself.

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In contrast, the Shiva-focussed Puranas describe Brahma and Lord Vishnu to have been created by Ardhanarishvara, that is half Shiva and half Parvati; or alternatively, Brahma was born from Rudra, or Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma creating each other cyclically in different aeons.

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In some Vaishnava Puranas, Lord Vishnu takes the form of Rudra or commands Rudra to destroy the world, thereafter the entire universe dissolves and along with time, everything is reabsorbed back into Lord Vishnu.

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Krishna as Lord Vishnu avatar is the primary subject of two post-Sangam Tamil epics Silappadikaram and Manimekalai, each of which was probably composed about the 5th century CE.

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When Lord Vishnu incarnated on the Earth as the avatars Rama and Krishna, Lakshmi incarnated as his respective consorts: Sita and Radha or Rukmini.

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Shiva and Lord Vishnu are both viewed as the ultimate form of god in different Hindu denominations.

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Lord Vishnu is referred to as Gorakh in the scriptures of Sikhism.

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Lord Vishnu is known as Upulvan or Upalavarna, meaning 'Blue Lotus coloured'.

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Some postulate that Uthpala varna was a local deity who later merged with Lord Vishnu while another belief is that Utpalavarna was an early form of Lord Vishnu before he became a supreme deity in Puranic Hinduism.

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John Holt states that Lord Vishnu was one of the several Hindu gods and goddesses who were integrated into the Sinhala Buddhist religious culture, such as the 14th and 15th-century Lankatilaka and Gadaladeniya Buddhist temples.

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In Thailand, for example, statues of four-armed Lord Vishnu have been found in provinces near Malaysia and dated to be from the 4th to 9th-century, and this mirror those found in ancient India.

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Similarly, Lord Vishnu statues have been discovered from the 6th to 8th century eastern Prachinburi Province and central Phetchabun Province of Thailand and southern Ðong Thap Province and An Giang Province of Vietnam.

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In Japanese Buddhist pantheon, Lord Vishnu is known as Bichu-ten, and he appears in Japanese texts such as the 13th century compositions of Nichiren.

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Lord Vishnu rocks are a type of volcanic sediment found in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA.

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In Indonesia, Lord Vishnu or Wisnu is a well-known figure in the world of wayang, Wisnu is often referred to as the title Sanghyang Batara Wisnu.

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Lord Vishnu is the most powerful son of all the sons of Batara Guru.

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Lord Vishnu once intended to become a Wimana to defeat Ditya Bali.

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