Salagrama | Shaligram Stone | Form of Lord Vishnu

Salagrama or Shaligram refers to a type of shell used in South Asia as the divine power of Lord Vishnu and worshipped by the devotees of Lord Vishnu. Shaligrams are usually available in the holy rivers such as the Gandaki River in Nepal. It is considered as a sacred object, and Vishnu devotees would prefer […]

Sharanga | Bow of Lord Vishnu

Sharanga is the celestial bow of Lord Vishnu, and his other weapons are the Sudarshana Chakra, Mace Kaumodaki and Sword Nandaka. Sharanga is also known as Kodanda, and this Kodanda was used by Lord Rama and Lord Krishna during their fights with the demons, and for some time this bow was also kept by Lord […]

Kaumodaki | Mace of Lord Vishnu

Kaumodaki is the gada (mace) of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu can be seen in the pictures holding the Kaumodaki in one of his four hands. The gada is also considered as one of the powerful weapons of Lord Vishnu. “Kaumodaki” is mentioned in Mahabharata, where Lord Krishna used this weapon during the times of battles with […]

Nandaka | Sword of Lord Vishnu

Nandaka is the holy sword of Lord Vishnu, and he is the king among the swords. Lord Vishnu can be seen in some pictures holding the divine sword Nandaka in his arms. The sword is considered as the companion of Lord Vishnu, contains shining appearance, and glitters like the Dhruva Star.The great Vaishnavite saints Annamacharya […]

‘Chaturvyuhas’ of Lord Vishnu (Four Aspects of Manifestation)

According to the Pancharatra or the Bhagavata, that largely preaches the cult of Vishnu-Narayana. This particular cult has put forward the theory that Vishnu who is considered as the Supreme Lord has four aspects of manifestation. They are the supreme which means the Para, the emanation which means the Vyutha, the incarnation which means the […]

Padma, the Divine Lotus Flower

The lotus flower plays an important role in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. In various Slokas of Ma Lakshmi, the lotus flower is praised. Lotus flower is considered as a divine flower in which Mata Lakshmi Devi is seated. It is used for performing puja to Lord Vishnu and Ma Lakshmi, and it gives good […]

Kaustubha, divine Jewel of Lord Vishnu

Kaustuba is a divine jewel which is worn by Lord Vishnu who lives in Vaikunta. It is considered as the most precious jewellery in the entire universe according to the Hindu divine texts. When Devas and Demons were churning the Ocean of Milk in order to get the divine nectar, the most precious jewel Kaustuba […]

Story of Matsya Avatar – How & Why Maha Vishnu incarnated as Fish

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Matsya Avatara is the first Avatara of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu’s fish incarnation also marks the beginning of Dashavatara. The story of Matsya Avatara is also mentioned in Padma Purana’s Uttara Khanda. Once, goddess Parvati expressed her desire to know about all the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Lord Mahadeva replied– Lord Brahma had created numerous […]

Adisesha | Kings of Nagas | Lord Vishnu’s Divine Bed

Adisesha is known as the King of Nagas as mentioned in the ancient Puranas. Sesha is holding the entire universe in his body and is chanting the names of the Lord Vishnu from his mouth. He is considered as a very noble and a pious god. He is also called by various names such as […]

Maha Vishnu, Garbhodakasayi Vishnu, Ksirodakasayi Vishnu: 3 Aspects of Lord Vishnu

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, the Sātvata-tantra largely describes three totally different aspects or forms of Lord Vishnu as initially as Mahā Vishnu, then as Garbhodakaśāyī Vishnu and next as Kṣīrodakaśāyī Vishnu Vishnu (Paramātmā). This is mentioned in Gaudīya Vaishnavism that belongs to the school of Vaishnavism. It is to be noted […]

Lord Muthappan: A manifestation of Shiva & Vishnu

In the Coorg region of Karnataka and in North Malabar region of Kerala, Sree Muthappan is a popular folk Hindu deity who is commonly worshiped with much dedication and devotion by the devotees and pilgrim belong to the Hindu religion. According to the Sanskrit language, the name of the deity is known as Muthappan and […]

Vishnu: One among the Trimurti

The Trimurti in the English language means ‘three forms’. It is a concept that is largely mentioned in Hinduism which means “in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver, and Shiva the destroyer or transformer.” The three deities related […]

Other aspects of Vishnu that are commonly Worshipped in South India

Ranganatha can be spotted along with Venkatesa of Tirupati and Varadaraja of Kanchipuram.  In South India, he is the most popular and wholeheartedly accepted aspect of Vishnu worshipped in this region. It is to be noted that Srivaisnava cult largely worship this particular Lord at the shrine located in Srirangam in Tamilnadu. The image of […]

Other aspects of Vishnu that are commonly Worshipped in North India

Jagannatha is a Vaisnava deity who largely belongs to Puri in the state of Orissa which draws large number of crowds of devotees and pilgrims, mainly during the annual cart festival. It is to be noted that the image is usually made of wood logs. One of the specialties of this deity is its prominent […]