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Vishnu Temple

2016-02-28 13:10:42, comments: 0

 


 
According to Hindu beliefs, the entire universe is created, conducted, and controlled by the supreme Tridevs (triad Gods), Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiv. Vishnu is responsible for the conduction, maintenance, and preservation of the universe. He is also referred to as Palanhar.
   
The Rigved refers to Vishnu as the God of the solar system and sometimes as Indra’s associate (Upendra) and younger brother (Indranuj). The name Vishnu appears 90 times in this Rigved.
   
Yajurved, Mahabharat and many other Puranas declare Vishnu as Parmatma and Parmeshwar. He is considered as the basis of the entire creation which is timeless and endless.
   
Spiritual sources define the physical form of Vishnu as one which is blue bodied and has 4 arms. The 4 hands hold a conch called Panchjanya, a chakra (wheel) called Sudarshan, a mace called Kaumudki and a Padma (lotus) respectively. He wears a Vanmala (floral garland) and a Kaustubh Mani (a jewel) around the neck.
   
Lord Vishnu rests with his wife Laxmi (goddess of wealth) in the ocean (Ksheersagar) on a huge snake called Anant. He mounts on an eagle called Garuda. He resides in Vaikunthdham from where he runs the functions of the entire universe.
   
According to the Vaishnav belief, Lord Vishnu is said to assume 5 forms: Para (resident of Vaikunth), Vyuh (conductor and preserver of the universe), Vibhav (various incarnations), Antaryami (existing within all living beings), and Archavatar (in idols).
   
Various spiritual texts describe Vishnu as one enriched with hundreds of virtues of which the following 10 can be considered the most important: Gyan (knowledge), Aishwarya (opulence, affluence), Urja (energy), Gambhirya (inestimable grandeur), Bal (strength), Veerya (valour, heroism), Tej (splendour), Audarya (generousity), Karunya (compassion) and Nirdosh (absence of negatives).
   
According to spiritual beliefs, whenever the evil powers take control over the good, in order to protect the good, Vishnu appears as incarnations (avatars). Various texts have a divided opinion on the number of incarnations, each one of them suggesting a different number like 24, 12, 10, 6 etc.
   
The belief on the 10 incarnations of Vishnu is the most widely accepted and accurately defines the creation of the universe. They are: Matsya, Kachhap, Varah, Narsingh, Vaman, Parshuram, Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, Buddha, and Kalki (to appear in future).
   
Bhakti (devotion) is the best method for obtaining the blessings of Vishnu. The Bhagwat Puran defines 9 types of Bhaktis (Navdha Bhakti). This has also resulted in the emergence of a number of Vaishnav sects.
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