Significance of Narayana:
Lord Vishnu, one of the Trinity Supreme, is the Lord of
Preserver. He is of blue in color and having four arms with
Conch, Discuss, Lotus and Mace on it. The name Vishnu comes from
the root VISH, which means, "to spread in all directions, to
He is the inner center, the core, the nucleus, and the
cohesive point through which everything exists. He swells in
everything, owns everything and overcomes any thing. The two most
common representations of Vishnu show him either sleeping over
the waves of the ocean on the coils of the serpent-deity, named
Adi Sesha, or standing on waves with four hands each hand holding
one of his four chief attributes.
The worshippers of Lord Vishnu are called as
"Vaishnavas". To protect, restore and preserve the
universe from the evil forces the Lord has incarnated Himself in
the form of "Avatar".
He is blue-skinned and in all pictures and images and he is
seen in rich ornaments and regal garments. His wife is Lakshmi or
Sri, the goddess of wealth and fortune. His place of abode is
VAIKUNTHA (heaven) and his vehicle is Garuda, a giant sized
eagle, which often is shown as a winged human-shaped figure
having a beak-like nose.
Vishnu is the infinite ocean from which the world emerges.
Hence his symbol is water (Nara) and he himself is called
'NARAYANA ' - the one who dwells upon the waters. He is
pictured with the many-headed snake, as mentioned above, and this
denotes Adi Sesha (the timeless or ageless snake). From his navel
grows the lotus out of which appears Brahma, the god who created
Vishnu is regarded as a major god in Hinduism and Indian
mythology. He is thought as the preserver of the universe while
two other major Hindu gods Brahma and Shiva, are regarded
respectively, as the creator and destroyer of the universe.
In vedic literature Vishnu is said to be eternal, an
all-pervading spirit, and associated with the primeval waters
that are believed to have been omnipresent before the creation of
The concept of Vishnu being the preserver of the world sprang
from two other beliefs: that men attain salvation by faithfully
following predetermined paths of duty, and that powers of good
and evil (gods and demons) are in contention for domination over
the world. When these powers are upset Vishnu, it is further
believed, descends to earth, or his avatar, to equalize the
Further it is thought that ten such incarnations or
reincarnations of Vishnu will occur. Nine descents are said to
have already occurred, the tenth is yet to come.
The sacred writ states that Vishnu is 'the infinite ocean
of the universe', from which the entire world springs forth.
Therefore his symbol is water, either standing or seated upon
with the seven-headed snake Ananta or Shesha, the symbol of
Hindu gods and goddesses are phenomenal, but in due course of
time Vishnu, as God of all gods, acquired supremacy, which
continues till date. He is the central and the major deity of the
trinity, viz., Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Though technically amongst these three chiefs gods known as
creator, preserver, and destroyer, Vishnu is the Preserver, for
all practical purpose he is deemed to be all-powerful, all
knowing and all present.
Vishnu's mount is Garuda an enormous eagle, sometimes in
the form of a winged man with a curved beak. Vishnu is seen
usually richly dressed and having four arms with Namam on his
forehead in the shape of a U.