noun \ˈvish-(ˌ)nü\

Definition of VISHNU

:  the preserver god of the Hindu sacred triad — compare brahma, shiva

Origin of VISHNU

Sanskrit Viṣṇu
First Known Use: 1638


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Principal Hindu deity worshiped as the protector and preserver of the world and restorer of dharma. He is known chiefly through his avatars, particularly Rama and Krishna. In theory, he manifests himself anytime he is needed to fight evil, and his appearances are innumerable, but in practice 10 are most common. His various names, numbering about 1,000, are repeated as acts of devotion by his worshipers.


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