Lord Vishnu is one of the main divine beings in the Hindu pantheon and, alongside Brahma and Shiva, is viewed as an extremely important part of the sacred trinity (Trimurti) of Hinduism. He is the main divine force of Vaishnavism, the biggest Hindu organization. To showcase Vishnu's prevalent status, Brahma is, in certain records, considered to have been brought into the world from a lotus bloom that developed from Lord Vishnu's navel. An intricate person, Vishnu is the Preserver and guardian of human beings (Narayana), he ensures protection to the order of the world (dharma) and, as and when required, he shows up on earth in different manifestations or symbols to battle evil presences and savage animals, thus maintaining the cosmic harmony.
Vishnu dwells in the smooth waters of Vaikunth on a bed made of the loops of the thousand hooded incredible snake, Adishesha of endless dimensions. Goddess Lakshmi, his wife is always by his side. Emblematically the sea represents ecstasy and awareness, the snake for time, variety, want, and deception, and the goddess Lakshmi represents material aspects of life and the powers of creation. Lord Vishnu's complexion is very similar to that of a dull blue cloud. It is the shade of the sky, indicating his vast cosmic dimensions and his association with the Vedic lords of downpour and thunder, and his relationship with the earth. He is normally portrayed with one face, and four arms, in a standing stance or a resting stance. He wears a neckband made of the well-known Kaustubha jewel that lays on his left chest and a festoon of blossoms and pearls by the name Vaijayanti. His four arms hold sankha (a conch), chakra (plate), gada (mace), and Padma (lotus).
The conch represents the five components, the sound of AUM, Salagrama, goddess Lakshmi, the waters, virtue, and flawlessness. The plate is the weapon of Vishnu which he uses to obliterate the malevolence and protect the honorable. It emblematically addresses the light-bearing sun, which enlightens and eliminates sin. It additionally represents higher cognizance which obliterates all deceptions. The mace addresses the force of knowledge while the lotus represents excellence, concordance, virtue, creation, and self-acknowledgement. His heavenly task is to get back to the earth in disturbing times and reestablish the equilibrium of good and bad. Up to this point, he has been embodied multiple times, however, Hindus say that he will be resurrected one final time towards the end of the world.
Q1. Where should a true devotee place Lord Vishnu’s statue at home?
Is it advisable to put the statue of Lord Vishnu where the home altar is, and to avoid other rooms. It should have a transparent back and the devotee should ensure that its back is invisible to them. Its appearance ought to be confined to its front. Statues of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Sun, Indra, and so on ought to be placed facing the western side of the home altar.
Q2. What does Lord Vishnu symbolize?
Lord Vishnu’s name comes from "Vish,"; spreading in every direction, thus signifying Lord Vishnu’s huge part in the universe. The word Vishnu signifies 'one who swarms, one who has gone into everything.' As a divine being liable for maintenance, Vishnu requires an abundance of riches; his wife, subsequently, is Lakshmi - the goddess of riches. The vehicle of Vishnu is a bird (falcon or bird of prey) or a half man half bird named Garuda, whose name signifies "Wings of Speech," a figure of extraordinary strength, power, and devotion.
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