Twenty-four-forms-of Vishnu: 1 definition


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Source: Vaniquotes: Hinduism

In the Siddhārtha-saṃhitā there is a description of the twenty-four forms of Viṣṇu, and these forms are named according to the position of the symbols in Their four hands. When describing the positions of objects in the hands of the Viṣṇu mūrtis, one should begin with the lower right hand and then move to the upper right hand, to the upper left hand and finally to the lower left hand.

In this way,

  1. Vāsudeva is represented by club, conch shell, disc and lotus flower.
  2. Saṅkarṣaṇa is represented by club, conch shell, lotus flower and disc.
  3. Pradyumna is represented by disc, conch shell, club and lotus flower.
  4. Aniruddha is represented by disc, club, conch shell and lotus flower.

In the spiritual sky the representations of Nārāyaṇa are twenty in number and are described as follows:

  1. Śrī Keśava (lotus, conch shell, disc and club),
  2. Nārāyaṇa (conch, lotus, club and disc),
  3. Śrī Mādhava (club, disc, conch and lotus),
  4. Śrī Govinda (disc, club, lotus and conch),
  5. Viṣṇu-mūrti (club, lotus, conch and disc),
  6. Madhusūdana (disc, conch, lotus and club),
  7. Trivikrama (lotus, club, disc and conch),
  8. Śrī Vāmana (conch, disc, club and lotus),
  9. Śrīdhara (lotus, disc, club and conch),
  10. Hṛṣīkeśa (club, disc, lotus and conch),
  11. Padmanābha (conch, lotus, disc and club),
  12. Dāmodara (lotus, disc, club and conch),
  13. Puruṣottama (disc, lotus, conch and club),
  14. Acyuta (club, lotus, disc and conch),
  15. Nṛsiṃha (disc, lotus, club and conch),
  16. Janārdana (lotus, disc, conch and club),
  17. Śrī Hari (conch, disc, lotus and club),
  18. Śrī Kṛṣṇa (conch, club, lotus and disc),
  19. Adhokṣaja (lotus, club, conch and disc),
  20. and Upendra (conch, club, disc and lotus).

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