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lord maha vishnuVishnu, also known as MahaVishnu, is the second deity of the Hindu trinity. He represents Sattvaguna and is the centripetal force as it were, responsible for sustenance, protection and maintenance of the created universe.

Etymologically speaking, the word ‘Vishnu’ means ‘one who pervades, one who has entered into everything.’ So he is the transcendent as well the immanent reality of the universe. He is the inner cause and power by which things exist.

Another name of Vishnu which is extremely common and popular is Narayana. The word means:

a. one who has made the causal waters his abode;
b. one who is the abode of all human beings;
c. one who has made the hearts of human beings his abode;
d. one who is the final goal of all human beings.

The first interpretation has given rise to a description of Narayana which is common and popular as follows:

After the destruction of the universe of the previous cycle and before the creation of the next, Narayana, the Supreme god, falls asleep on his bed of the great serpent Sesa (also called Ananta), which is floating on the waters of the ocean ksiramudra (‘ocean of milk’). One of his legs is resting on the lap of his consort Laksmi, who is gently pressing it. When he is dreaming as it were, of the next creation, a lotus springs forth from his navel along with god Brahma seated on it. After waking up, he instructs Brahma to proceed with the act of creation.

This is a highly allegorical picture. The ocean represents causal waters from which all life springs a concept not uncommonly found in other religions also. Or, since it is ksirasamudra, the ocean of milk, it stands for the purest form of Prakrti or nature in its undifferentiated state, whiteness indicating this purity.

Out of the several equivalents of the word Apas (= water), is the word Amrta ( = nectar, signifying bliss also). Hence we can say that the Lord Narayana is floating on the ocean of bliss, which is as it should be.

The serpent Sesa or Ananta is said to have a thousand heads and is supporting the worlds on its hoods. Ananta, which literally means the ‘endless’ or ‘infinite’ actually stands for cosmic time which is infinite or endless. Created worlds come into being in time and are sustained in time. This is the meaning of the thousand hoods supporting the worlds. The thousand hoods, simply indicate the innumerable divisions of time.

The concept of the thousand hoods supporting the worlds can also lead to the interpretation that the serpent represents the cosmic space, in which everything exists.

The word Sesa is also significant. It actually means ‘the remainder’, ‘what is left over at the end’. Since creation cannot proceed out of nothing, it is to be assumed that ‘something’ is ‘left over’ (Sesa), from the previous creation, which forms the seed as it were, for the next. So, Sesa represents the totality of the Jivas or individual souls in their subtle form, left over from the previous cycle and needing more opportunities for regeneration.

Serpent also represent Kama or desire which is always left over (Sesa), even after acquisition and enjoyment of the desired object. This goes on until Moksa or final liberation. Hence, in a cosmic sense, it can stand for the desire of the Lord to proceed with the next cycle of creation after rest!

Vishnu is always described as Nilameghasyama, of a dark blue hue like that of the rain-bearing cloud. Since the infinite empty space appears as deep blue in colour, it is but proper that Vishnu the all-prevading cosmic power, be depicted as blue in colour.

The commonest form of the Vishnu icon has one face, four arms holding Sankha (conch), Cakra (discus), Gada (mace), Padma (lotus) and wears a necklace with the famous gem Kaustubha dangling on the lock of hair Srivatsa, on the left chest. He is also wearing a garland (of gems, or fragrant flowers) Vaijayanti by name.

The four arms represent the four quarters, hence, absolute power of the Lord in all directions. The Sankha represents the five elements like the earth, water etc., Cakra stands for the cosmic mind, Gada indicates the cosmic intellect and the Padma points to the evolving world. Just as the lotus is born out of water and unfolds gradually in all its glory, this world also is born out of the casual waters and evolves gradually in all its splendour. Hence the lotus stands for the evolved world. This world can be created only by a combination of the five elements, the mind and the intellect. Hence the total meaning of this symbology would be that the Lord Vishnu is the creator and master of this world.

The curl of hair, Srivatsa, represents all objects of enjoyment, the products of nature. The gem Kaustubha, resting on it, stands for the enjoyer. So this world of duality consisting of the enjoyer and the enjoyed is like an ornament for the Lord. The garland Vaijayanti is symbolical of the subtle elements (bhuta-tanmatras).

Sometimes two more weapons, Nandaka the sword (representing wisdom) and Sarnga the bow (representing the cosmic senses) are added to the arsenal of Lord Vishnu.

Article courtsey : Sri Ramakrishna Math Mylapore, Chennai.

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Ayroor mahaVishnu

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Ayyan kovil

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Arayukulangara sreekrishna

 

Avanipuram sreekrishnan

 

Ananthapuram mahaVishnu

 

Ananthapuram Vishnu

 

Anedathu mahaVishnu

Thrissur  
 

Amballur thrikkovu mahaVishnu

 

Amballur sreekrishna puram

 

Aaranmula paarthasarathi

 

Aalathiyoor perum thikkovil

 

Aluva sreekrishnan

 

Asramam sreekrishnan

Kollam  
 

Bhakthipriyam maha Vishnu

 

Bharananganam sreekrishnan

 

Changanassery vykundeswaram

 

Chavara sreekrishnan

 

Chali narayanapuram temple

 

Chittoor sreekrishna temple

 

Chemeni Vishnu

 

Chemmanadu sreekrishnan

 

Cheriyathekkanam mahaVishnu

 

Cheruthazham raghavapuram

 

Cheruthrikovu sreekrishnan

 

Chennamagalam sreekrishnan

 

Chelamattam sreekrishnan

 

Chovara sreekrishnan

 

Chachanathu kavu

 

Edathupuram sreekrishnan

 

Edappilly thikovil sreekrishnan

 

Erival mahaVishnu

 

Edakkattu Vishnu

 

Edathrikkovu sreekrishnan

 

Edaneer Vishnu

 

Edayakkunnu sreekrishnan

 

Edayattu mahaVishnu

 

Eruva sreekrishnan

 

Elayavoor sangameswaran

 

Elavoor thrika temple

 

Ennakkadu sreekrishna

Alappuzha  
 

Evoor sreekrishnan

 

Garudan kavu

 

Guruvayoor Sreekrishna temple

Thrissur Guruvayoorappan
 

Govardhanapuram

 

Govindhapuram temple

 

Govindhapuram parthasarathy

 

Govindhapuram Vishnu

 

Harimangalan Vishnu

 

Iyarmadam sreekrishnan

 

Ithura Vishnu

 

Inikadu mahaVishnu

 

Kakkatt mahaVishnu

 

Kadalazhi sreekrishnan

 

Kadavil thikovil sreekrishnan

 

Kannachathewar unnikrishnan

 

Kannankulangara sreekrishnan

 

Kadanchira mahaVishnu

 

Kathiroor sooryanarayanan

 

Karukidam sreekrishnan

 

Kallookavu Vishnu

Palakkad  
 

Kavalayur mahaVishnu

 

Kachakuruchi Vishnu

Palakkad  
 

Kanathur mahaVishnu

 

Kalanthur Vishnu

 

Kanippura gopalkrishnan

 

Kamapuram sankaranarayanan

 

Karamukku sreekrishnan

 

Kayamkulam puthiyidam sreekrishnan

 

Karikodu Vishnu

 

Kariyattu Vishnu

 

Kalady sreekrishnan

 

Kidangoor sreekrishnan

 

Keezhperoor thripal kadal Vishnu

 

Kunchathoor daiwagalu odyavaran

 

Kurichithanam poothikkovil Vishnu

 

Koodalmanikyam Bharathan

Thrissur Bharathan
 

Koottupuram Vishnu

 

Koottala Vishnu

 

Koothali kammothu Vishnu

 

Krishnapuram sreekrishnan

 

Keralathithyapuram sreekrishnan

 

Keralatheesarapuram krishnan

 

Kaipuzha sreekrishnan

 

Kochi janardana

 

Kochukadavu sreekrishnan

 

Kodavalam Vishnu

 

Kodassery Vishnu

 

Kodussery parthasarathy

 

Kottankulangara Vishnu

 

Kothamangalam Vishnu

 

Kothapuram temple

 

Kothichirakkal Vishnu

 

Keezhthrikovil Vishnu

 

Manjapra puttur palli sreekrishnan

 

Manikandapuram sreekrishnan

 

Manikutti anchumoorthy kshetharam

 

Manigramam maha Vishnu

 

Maniyamkottappan Vishnu

 

Mayyazhi sreekrishnan

 

Malayankezhu sreekrishnan

 

Mazhur dharmikulangara balaraman

 

Malsyavathara maha Vishnu

 

Madhyaranyam

  Vishnu & Brahma
 

Mahamuni mangalam Vishnu

 

Mannar sreekrishnan

 

Marthandapuram sreekrishnan

 

Mavellikkara sreekrishnan

 

Meenkulam sreekrishnan

 

Mukkattukara Vishnu

 

Mikundapuram sreekrishnan

 

Mudappilavu mahaVishnu

 

Mukhathala murari sreekrishnan

 

Mujamkavu parthasarathy

Kasargod  
 

Mundakkayam parthasarathy

 

Mulanjur maha Vishnu

 

Mangalathrikkovu sreekrishnan

 

Nangyar kulangara sreekrishnan

 

Narukulangara balraman

 

Narayanamkulangara sreekrishnan

 

Nenmara pazhayagramam sreekrishnan

 

Nenmini balaraman

 

Neyyattinkara sreekrishnan

Trivandrum  
 

Neruvassery sreekrishnan

 

Okkal sreekrishnan

 

Oditta koottala

 

Onamthuruthu sreekrishnan

 

Onpathungal mahaVishnu

 

Ooduviruthi sreekrishna

Alappuzha  
 

Ottur sreekrishnan

 

Pathanapuram sreekrishnan

Thrissur  
 

Pathanapuram sreekrishnan

Trivandrum  
 

Panayaneeri sreerama

 

Pannissery Vishnu

 

Panniyambally varaham

 

Pariyaram Vishnu

 

Pallipuram sreekrishnan

 

Pallam kottaram seetharamapuram

 

Pazhampuzha Vishnu

 

Pazhayanoor lakshminarayanan

 

Panjal lakshminarayanan

 

Padoor gopalakrishna swami

 

Payammal sathrukhnan

 

Parathrikkovil Vishnu

 

Parthasarathy temple

 

Parijathapuram sreekrishnan

 

Pazhoor Vishnu

 

Pinangodu Vishnu

 

Pirappankodu sreekrishnan

 

Peerumedu sreekrishnan

 

Pudiyedam temple

 

Pudiyedam sreekrishnan

  Parthasarathy
 

Pundareekapuram Vishnu

Kottayam  
 

Puranattukara Vishnu

 

Pullassery mahaVishnu

 

Pulloor Vishnu moorthy

 

Poonithura sreekrishnan

 

Poothadi Vishnu

 

Poothotta Vishnu

  Sivan
 

Poonthanam mahaVishnu

 

Pooleri garudavahana Vishnu

 

Poozhikunnu Vishnu

 

Peringara lakshminarayanan

 

Perumpuzha thrikkoyikkal Vishnu

 

Perumankodu Vishnu

 

Peroor sreekrishnan

 

Pothiyil sreekrishnan

 

Poralothu Vishnu

 

Ravipuram sreekrishnan

 

Ranni ramapuram sreekrishnan

 

Sasthamkotta sreekrishnan

 

Sreekrishna puram temple

 

Sreekrishna purem temple

Thrissur  
 

Sreekrishna purem temple

Palakkad  
 

Sreedharamangalam sreekrishnan

Thrissur(erumapatti)  
 

Sreenarayanapuram Vishnu

 

Sreeramapuram Vishnu

 

Sreerama vittala temple

 

Thalam pilarkadu Vishnu

 

Thanoor Vishnu

 

Thidanadu temple

 

Thirunarayanapuram sreekrishnan

 

Thirunavaya navamukunda temple

Malappuram Navamukundan
 

Thirunelli Vishnu

Wayanad  
 

Thirupuram sreekrishnan

 

Thirunalikkara guruvayoorappan

 

Thirumittakodu anchumoorthy

  Vinayakan,Ayyapan,Sivan
 

Thirumullavaram

  Vishnu & sivan
 

Thirumangalam

  Vishnu & sivan
 

Thiruvachira sreekrishnan

 

Thiruvanvandoor Vishnu

 

Thiruvambadi sreekrishnan

Thrissur  
 

Thiruvambadi sreekrishnan

calicut  
 

Thiruvara

 

Thiruvalla sreevallabha temple

Kottayam Viahnu
 

Thiruvarchanamkunnu sankaranarayanan

 

Thiruvanathu sreekrishnan

 

Thiruvaniyoor sreekrishnan

 

Thiruvarpu sreekrishnan

Kottaya  
 

Thruvenkitam Vishnu

 

Thrikkanapuram sreekrishan

Ernakulam(edapally)  
 

Thrikkanapuram Vishnu

Alappuzha  
 

Thrikkaringamanna Vishnu

 

Thrikkaripoor chakrapani

 

Thrikkalayoor sankaranarayanan

 

Thrikkulasekharapuram Vishnu

 

Thikkulasekharapuram sreekrishnan

 

Thrikkodithanam MahaVishnu

Kottayam  
 

Thrikkel balaraman

 

Thichittattu Vishnu

 

Thrichambaram sreekrishnan

 

Thrippakkada sreekrishnan

 

Thrippakkal mahaVishnu

 

Thripuliyoor Vishnu

 

Thrivikramamangalam Vishnu

 

Thodupuzha sreekrishnan

 

Thottathil kulangara sreekrishnan

 

Thottapalli sreekrishnan

 

Ulachikkadu Sri Krishna

Alappuzha  
 

Ulunthi Sree Parthasarathi

Alappuzha  
 

Uthramkulangara mahaVishnu

 

Udayathumvadil sreekrishnan

 

Udayamangalam mahaVishnu

 

Vadakkekkara sreekrishnan

 

Varkala janaradanan

Trivandrum  
 

Vapalassery sreekrishnan

Ernakulam  
 

Vallikkodu thrikkovil padmanabhan

 

Vavannur vanaman

 

Vasudewapuram sreekrishnan

Ernakulam  
 

Vishnumangalam Vishnu

 

Vyloppily sreekrishnan

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