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ˈvɪʃ nuvish·nu

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vishnunoun

    the sustainer; a Hindu divinity worshipped as the preserver of worlds


  1. Vishnunoun

    One of the Trimurti (trinity) in Hindu mythology, and the most popularly venerated god in Hinduism. Vishnu is commonly depicted as being blue in colour and having four arms: with each hand holding either a lotus, a mace, a conch shell or Chakra weapon. Vishnu is the Supreme being or Ultimate Reality for Vaishnavas and a manifestation of Brahman in the Advaita or Smarta traditions of Hinduism.

  2. Vishnunoun

    used in India.


  1. Vishnu

    Vishnu ( VISH-noo; Sanskrit: विष्णु, romanized: Viṣṇu, lit. 'the pervader', pronounced [ʋɪʂɳʊ]), also known as Narayana and Hari, is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme being within Vaishnavism, one of the major traditions within contemporary Hinduism.Vishnu is known as "The Preserver" within the Trimurti, the triple deity of supreme divinity that includes Brahma and Shiva. In Vaishnavism, Vishnu is the supreme being who creates, protects, and transforms the universe. In the Shaktism tradition, the Goddess, or Adi Shakti, is described as the supreme Para Brahman, yet Vishnu is revered along with Shiva and Brahma. Tridevi is stated to be the energy and creative power (Shakti) of each, with Lakshmi being the equal complementary partner of Vishnu. He is one of the five equivalent deities in Panchayatana puja of the Smarta tradition of Hinduism.According to Vaishnavism, the highest form of Ishvara is with qualities (Saguna), and have certain form, but is limitless, transcendent and unchanging absolute Brahman, and the primal Atman (Self) of the universe. There are many both benevolent and fearsome depictions of Vishnu. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient being sleeping on the coils of the serpent Adishesha (who represents time) floating in the primeval ocean of milk called Kshira Sagara with his consort, Lakshmi.Whenever the world is threatened with evil, chaos, and destructive forces, Vishnu descends in the form of an avatar (incarnation) to restore the cosmic order, and protect dharma. The Dashavatara are the ten primary avatars (incarnations) of Vishnu. Out of these ten, Rama and Krishna are the most important.


  1. vishnu

    Vishnu is one of the principal deities in Hinduism, recognized as the preserver and protector of the universe. Considered part of the Hindu trinity (Trimurti) alongside Brahma and Shiva, Vishnu is often depicted with multiple arms and a blue complexion, resting on the cosmic serpent Shesha. He is known for his ten major incarnations, or 'avatars', including Rama, Krishna, and Buddha, that he takes on to maintain cosmic order and battle evil. Devotion to Vishnu and his avatars is a major aspect of the Hindu tradition known as Vaishnavism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vishnunoun

    a divinity of the modern Hindu trimurti, or trinity. He is regarded as the preserver, while Brahma is the creator, and Siva the destroyer of the creation

  2. Etymology: [Skr. Vishu, from vish to pervade., to extend through nature.]


  1. Vishnu

    Vishnu is the Vedic Supreme God in Hinduism, and is venerated as the Supreme Being in Vaishnavism. Vishnu is also known as Narayana and Hari and is venerated as Purushottama or Supreme Purusha in ancient sacred texts like the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas and the Puranas. He is the Supreme Purusha of Purusha Sukta. The Vishnu Sahasranama, of the Mahabharata declares Vishnu as Paramatman and Parameshwara. It describes Vishnu as the all-pervading essence of all beings, the master of—and beyond—the past, present and future, the creator and destroyer of all existences, one who supports,preserves, sustains and governs the universe and originates and develops all elements within. Vaishnavism sees Vishnu as the Supreme God, and venerates him as the Supreme Being. Smarta followers of Adi Shankara, among others, venerate Vishnu as just one of the five primary forms of God, namely Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha; who are all seen as equal reflections of the one Brahman, rather than as distinct beings. His supreme status is declared in Hindu sacred texts; the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Bhagavata Purana and other Sattva Puranas which all declare Vishnu as Supreme God. Vishnu incarnates on Earth from time to time, as an avatar, to eradicate evil forces, to restore the dharma and to liberate the worthy ones or devotees from the cycle of births and deaths.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vishnu

    vish′nōō, n. the second god of the Hindu triad, now the most worshipped of all Hindu gods. He became specially the benefactor of man in his avatars or incarnations, ten in number—according to others, twenty-two. [Sans., 'the preserver.']

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Vishnu

    the Preserver, the second god of the Hindu triad, Brahma (q. v.) being the first and Siva (q. v.) the third; revealed himself by a succession of avatars, Râma (q. v.) being the seventh and Krishna (q. v.) the eighth; he has had nine avatars, and on the tenth he will come to judgment; he is extensively worshipped, and his worshippers, the Vaishnavas, are divided into a great number of sects.


  1. Vishnu

    (Vish′nu). The Preserver, the principal Hindoo goddess.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vishnu in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vishnu in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    Rahul Gandhi is the crowds favorite, but has always lost only due to EVMs. While EVMs exist even Lord Vishnu cant defeat Modi.

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