Meet a God: Vishnu

Vishnu is the center of the Hindu trinity. He is the preserver and it is he who comes to earth to help when the balance of good and evil in the world becomes off. He is better known in some of his other forms: Krishna and Rama.

According to legend there are nine or ten total avatars of Vishnu, most of whom have already appeared. The only one left is Kalki, whose appearance will come at the end of this cycle of the world. It is not uncommon for new sects to believe that their guru is another incarnation of Vishnu. As mentioned in the comments of another post, some also see Jesus as an avatar of Vishnu. On some lists Buddha is the ninth incarnation of Vishnu (such as the one below)

See also: The Ten Avatars of Vishnu: A Guide

Vishnu is the central God of many sects of Hinduism. He is the focus for The Society of Krishna Consciousness (i.e., Hare Krishnas), for example.

Vishnu’s goddess consort is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

More information…

Wikipedia

Religion Facts

 

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Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • Ashish Pandey

    Hi Ambaa,
    According to some people , Avatars of Vishnu also represent the evolution theory , I am not sure , however if you compare avatars with the Evolution , first life evolved in water Matsya , then it started its journey in land (Kurma ) , then half human , half animal ( Varaha and Narsimha ) , then rest of them. you can find the details on the internet.

    So it may be possible , to remember evolution our ancient wise sages developed this Purana so we can remember how life evolved ( not sure could be possible ).
    The best thing about this ancient Vedic religion is as much i try to understand it , i get amazed everyday with its beauty and techniques.

    • Ambaa

      How cool! I’ve never heard that, but it makes sense!

  • AyaSka

    I learned about Vishnu’s avatars in a Donald Duck comic by Don Rosa (“Treasure of the Ten Avatars”). It kick-started my ongoing fascination with Hinduism. I recommend it for those who are new to the pantheon as a very light intro to the aspects of Vishnu, presented in a way that makes them easy to remember. :)

    • Ambaa

      REALLY?! Wow, I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’m heading to YouTube to see if I can find it!

  • Drekfletch

    If you link to the ReligionFacts site in your future introductions, you might wish to include a bit about what people will see. Especially that it includes a bibliography.


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