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