There are many ancient books celebrating the divine personality of Lord Vishnu. Primary amongst them is of course the Vishnu Purana, a highly lucid and instructive text. Another scripture of note is the Vishnu Sahasaranama, a part of the Mahabharata. It contains the thousand names of Lord Vishnu, rendered in metered rhythmic verses which when chanted not only give rise to a divine melody, but also have the power to diminish our suffering and fulfill our wishes. Each of Vishnu’s thousand names is mysterious, powerful and loaded with spiritual symbolism. Many commentaries have been written to explain the text; the most prominent being the one by Adi Shankaracharya.
Since Lord Vishnu is the savior, there are also a number of hymns, poems etc. addressed to Him by His loving devotees. You can buy many of these hymns and stotras from this collection. Secondary and modern literature on Lord Vishnu includes descriptions of His ten incarnations, iconographic studies on Lord Vishnu and His temples, books explaining the theology of Vishnu and biographies of His devotees. Here you will find a vast selection of books pertaining to Lord Vishnu, which you can buy online.
The Vaishnavas (followers of Vaishnavism philosophy)
consider Lord Vishnu or Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Vaishnavism is an authorized tradition in which the transcendental knowledge of
the Absolute Truth is passed through disciplic succession (Guru-Shishya
Parampara). This spiritual knowledge starts and descends from Lord Krishna
Himself. There have been four main Acharyas in the line of the disciplic succession,
who presented the philosophy of spirituality or Bhakti to the general public in
an easy manner: Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Nimbarkacharya, and Vishnuswami.
is the sacred book of Vaishnavas?
Vaishnavas or the followers of the Vaishnava philosophy
worship Lord Vishnu or Krishna and consider Him the Supreme Primeval Lord. This
philosophy is based on many Vedic Scriptures
such as Padma
Purana, etc. There are many sacred books that the Vaishnavas follow and read.
Shastra Adhyayan (reading of the scriptures) is one of the important limbs of
devotion or Bhakti in Vaishnavism. The main books are the Bhagavad Gita, the Bhagavata
Purana (also called Srimad Bhagavatam), Chaitanya Charitamrita, Sri
Vaishnavism has been originated and established by
the Supreme Lord Himself and has spread throughout the world. The
transcendental knowledge is passed by the spiritual master to his disciples and
this tradition is known as Guru-shishya Parampara (the line of disciplic
succession). There have been many well-known Acharyas in Vaishnavism such as Madhvacharya
who have propagated the science of God or the Absolute Truth to masses of
people. A few decades ago, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, a
Sanyasi, went to the west and positively spread the glories of Gaudiya
Vaishnavism by starting the Hare Krishna Movement, widely knowns as the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Q4. What are 5 facts about Vishnu?
is known as "The Preserver" within the Trimurti, the supreme triple
deity that includes Brahma and Shiva.
Vishnu is the Supreme Being, the great maintainer of the universe, who often
appears in various incarnations (avatars) such as Ram and Krishna.
is usually shown with light blue skin and four arms. He holds a lotus, mace
(shankha), and disc (chakra) in each of the four hands.
Vishnu is depicted reclining on a thousand-headed serpent called Adisesha with
Lakshmi, his consort serving him in the ocean of the cosmos.
Brahma was born from the navel of Lord Vishnu.
Q5. What should not be offered to
of Agastya, Madhavi, and Lodh should not be used at all during the worship of
Lord Vishnu. Also must avoid using flowers and leaves that are impure, stale,
and eaten by insects in the worship of God. According to religious scriptures,
Kaner flowers should not be used in the worship of Lord Rama. Flowers that have
fallen on the ground, begged from others, or stolen should also not be used in
Vishnu worship. Along with these, Akshat i.e. rice is not offered to the idol
of Vishnu. These things should be kept in mind while worshiping God in Adhik
Q6. Who is the biggest bhakt of Lord
greatest devotees of Lord Vishnu are:
Purana (6.3. 20-21) lists twelve Mahajanas, regarded to be the biggest devotees
(Bhaktas) of Vishnu: Brahma, Narada, Shiva, the Four Kumaras, Kapila,
Svayambhuva Manu, Prahlada, Janaka, Bhishma, Bali, Śuka,
and Yama. Sage Narada would go around the world reciting the Lord’s name —
following are also regarded as great devotees of Vishnu:
Narayana: AdiSesha, Garuda, As Matsya: Manu, As Kurma: Varuna, As Varaha:
BhuDevi, As Vamana Trivikrama: Mahabali, As Narasimha: Prahalada, As
Parashurama: Vasuki, As Rama: Hanumana, As Krishna: Arjuna, As Buddha:
Q7. Why is Vishnu not mentioned in
Vishnu is a Rigvedic deity, only a minor deity, when compared to Indra, Agni,
and others. Just 5 out of 1028 hymns of the Rigveda are dedicated to Vishnu. He
is known for the three steps he took to span the world. But in the Puranas, there is
a shift in Hindu mythology and he becomes the preserver of the world. In
section 7.99 of the Rigveda,
Vishnu is addressed as the god who separates heaven and earth, a characteristic
he shares with Indra. In the Vedic texts, the deity referred to as Vishnu is
Surya or Sun god (Suryanarayana).
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