God of the past, present and future, the creator and destroyer of all existences, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within.
nature is a infinite as the sky
The physical existence of Vishnu is represented by the two arms in the front while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world.
his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature.
north, south, east, west
represents the spinning universe
held by upper right hand
represents purified spiritualized mind
burns away the spiritual ignorance and illusion
also called chakra or "Sudarshana", "Su" means good, superior, "Darshan" means vision or Sight; together it is "Superior Vision
destruction of ones ego
held by lower left hand
symbolizes Vishnu's divine power is the source all spiritual, mental and physical strength.
signifies Vishnu's power to destroy materialistic or demoniac tendencies
Vishnu's mace is the power of the Divine within humans to spiritually purify and uplift them from their materialistic bonds
held by the upper left hand
represents Om, the sound from which the universe manifested.
water, fire, air, earth and sky or space.
represents the five airs or Pranas that are within the body and mind.
symbolizes that Vishnu is the primeval Divine sound of creation and universal maintenance.
held by lower right hand
represents spiritual liberation, divine perfection, purity
The lotus opening its petals in the light of the Sun is indicative of the expansion and awakening of our long dormant, symbolizes that god is the power and source from which the universe and the individual soul emerges.
left eye: dark, symbolic of the night
right: light, symbolic of the day
He is to shown wearing two earrings: The earrings represent inherent opposites in creation — knowledge and ignorance; happiness and unhappiness; pleasure and pain.
infinity- symbols of the ocean, from which creation emerged and where it will return
incarnated himself as a fish
similar to Joan of Ark story
After the world was flooded, Vishnu created the new era
incarnated himself as the tortoise
held up Mt. Mandara on his back
incarnated himself as the boar
saved the Vedas after they were stolen from Lord Brahma by the demon Hiranyaksha
incarnated himself as a half man-half lion
killed the demon Hiranyakasyapa
incarnated himself as a dwarf priest
crushed the greedy Bali
incarnated himself as a brahmana (priest)
avenged all the kshatriyas who had become arrogant and were suppressing the brahmans in the world., A kshatriyas was a member of the second highest of the four castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for upholding justice and social harmony, and including people in governing and military positions.
incarnated himself as Rama, Rama is a deified hero worshiped as an incarnation of Vishnu.
spends 14 years in the forest, with wife SIta
one version he kills his wife, the other he rescues her from a demon and they return to Ayodhya and rule for 1000's of years
incarnated himself as Krishna, Krishna is the central character in the epic Mahabharata
about a war
incarnated himself as Buddha, Buddha is the ascetic prince who renounced the throne to lead the world on the path of peace., founder of the Buddhist religion prominent across the world
he left his wife and children to a hermit's life in the forest, where he eventually became the "enlightened one".
incarnated himself as Kalki
rides a white horse with a blazing sword
At the end of the present era, it is said that he is going to punish all evil doers in this world, destroy this world supposedly and recreate a golden age again.
the ultimate goal of Vaishnava practice is an eternal life of bliss
strong man's body, wears a crown on his head. He is ancient and has size enough to block out the sun.
often accompanied by Laksmi