The Preserver

Laxmi Narayan

Vishnu is black blue body, with four hands one holding a club, another a conch shell, the third a discus and the fourth a lotus. He rests on the coiled serpent king Shesh Nag. He covers the atmosphere in three strides: on earth as fire, in the atmosphere as lightning and in the sky as the sun.

He is in control of all universe phenomenons and has undisputed power over others. His vehicle is Garuda and his consort is Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and well-being. Vishnu is the ultimate arbitrator of disputes, between not only human beings but also celestial beings. Thus to his court in the bed of oceans, come Indra and Narada, with stories and complaints. He intercedes on behalf of others and is the peacemaker. Extremely gentle of nature and personality, he symbolizes tolerance and patience.

With discus in one hand to root out evil and a mace to wield authority, Vishnu looks after the well being of all creations. He has taken various incarnations for this purpose, thus aptly playing the role of THE PRESERVER of the universe.

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