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About Lord Vishnu

Vishnu is the Supreme God of Vaishnavism (one of the three principal denominations of Hinduism) and one of the three supreme deities (Trimurti) ofHinduism. He is also known as Narayana and Hari. As one of the five primary forms of God in the Smarta tradition, he is conceived as “the Preserver or the Protector” within the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the divinity.

In Hindu sacred texts, Vishnu is usually described as having dark complexion of water-filled clouds and as having four arms. He is depicted as a pale blue being, as are his incarnations Rama andKrishna He holds a padma (lotus flower) in his lower left hand, the Kaumodaki gada (mace) in his lower right hand, the Panchajanya shankha (conch) in his upper left hand and the discus weapon considered to be one of the most powerful weapon according to Hindu Religion Sudarshana Chakra in his upper right hand.

A 4th–6th century CE Sardonyx seal representing Vishnu with a worshipper. The inscription in cursive Bactrian reads: “Mihira, Vishnu (right) and Shiva”.
The traditional explanation of the name Vishnu involves the root viś, meaning “to settle” (cognate with Latin vicus, English -wich “village,” Slavic: vas -ves), or also (in the Rigveda) “to enter into, to pervade,” glossing the name as “the All-Pervading One”. Yaska, an early commentator on the Vedas, in his Nirukta, (etymological interpretation), defines Vishnu as viṣṇur viṣvater vā vyaśnoter vā, “one who enters everywhere”. He also writes, atha yad viṣito bhavati tad viṣnurbhavati, “that which is free from fetters and bondages is Vishnu”.

Adi Shankara in his commentary on the Sahasranama states derivation from viś, with a meaning “presence everywhere” (“As he pervades everything, vevesti, he is called Vishnu”). Adi Shankara states (regarding Vishnu Purana, 3.1.45): “The Power of the Supreme Being has entered within the universe. The root viś means ‘enter into’.” Swami Chinmayananda, in his translation of Vishnu Sahasranama further elaborates on that verse: “The root vis means to enter. The entire world of things and beings is pervaded by Him and the Upanishad emphatically insists in its mantra ‘whatever that is there is the world of change.’ Hence, it means that He is not limited by space, time or substance. Chinmayananda states that, that which pervades everything is Vishnu.”

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