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other two being Brahma and Shiva, respectively, as the creator and destroyer of
the universe. It is believed that Vishnu is an eternal and universal spirit
associated with the primeval waters that pervaded before the creation of the
Vishnu – The Name
Lord Vishnu is known by numerous
names and a thousand names are given in the book ” Vishnu Sahasranama”. The
name Vishnu has its roots in a Sanskrit word ‘Vish ‘, which means to pervade.
God Vishnu is all pervading but known more by the avatars (incarnation) he took
on the earth.
Vishnu – the Preserver
To understand the concept
of Vishnu being the preserver of the world, one has to understand the two
beliefs of Hinduism. The first is that men attain salvation by faithfully
following predetermined paths of duty. The Second is that powers of good and
evil (gods and demons) are in regular controversy to rule over the world. It is
believed that whenever evil prevails over good in order to win, Vishnu comes
down to earth in some mortal form to save righteousness. As per the Puranas,
Vishnu is not allowed to interfere in the situations directly. So, he takes
different avatar and act in manners that will re-establish proper balance
between good and evil.
Vishnu – The Image
numerous Purana, Vishnu is the ultimate omnipresent reality. Still, he is
depicted as a four-armed male-form indicating his all-powerful and all-pervasive
nature. The skin color is new-cloud-like-blue which indicates his all-pervasive
nature, blue being the color of the infinite sky as well as the infinite ocean
on which he resides. Vishnu has the mark of sage Bhrigu’s feet and the srivatsa
mark, symbolizing his consort Lakshmi, on his chest. A crown decorates his head
symbolizing his supreme authority. He rests on Ananta, the immortal and infinite
Lord Vishnu is prominent as the Preserver of the universe.
Vishnu’s restoring, shielding and conserving powers have been apparent in the
world in a sequence of ten mortal incarnations known as Avatars. The avatars
appear in order to balance the effect of good and evil upon the earth. It is
believed that nine avatars have already descended, three in non human form, one
in hybrid form and five in human form.