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Made in solid brass with patina finish.
Who is Vishnu?
Vishnu is the second god in the Hindu trinity (or Trimurti). The other two gods are Brahma and Shiva.
Brahma is the creator of the universe and Shiva is the destroyer. Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe.
His role is to return to the earth in troubled times and restore the balance between good and evil. So far, he has been incarnated nine times, but Hindus believe that he will be reincarnated one last time close to the end of this world.
Vishnu is particularly associated with light and especially with the Sun.
Two of Vishnu's incarnations, Rama and Krishna, are also the subject of the epic stories Ramayana and Mahabharata, respectively.
Vishnu is shown as having a human body, often with blue coloured skin and with four arms. His hands always carry four objects in them, representing the things he is responsible for. The objects symbolise many more meanings than are presented here:
- The conch- The sound this produces 'Om', represents the primeval sound of creation
- The chakra, or discus, symbolises the mind
- The lotus flower, an example of glorious existence and liberation
- The mace, represents mental and physical strength
Vishnu is usually represented in two positions.
- Standing upright on a lotus flower with Lakshmi, his consort, close by him
- Reclining on the coils of a serpent, with Lakshmi massaging his feet. They are surrounded by the Milky Ocean.
Vishnu rides on the King of Birds, Garuda, which is an eagle.
|Dimensions||40 × 32 × 57 cm|