Vishnuism

Vishnu

[vish-noo]
noun Hinduism.
1.
(in later Hinduism) “the Preserver,” the second member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma the Creator and Shiva the Destroyer.
2.
(in popular Hinduism) a deity believed to have descended from heaven to earth in several incarnations, or avatars, varying in number from nine to twenty-two, but always including animals. His most important human incarnation is the Krishna of the Bhagavad-Gita.
3.
“the Pervader,” one of a half-dozen solar deities in the Rig-Veda, daily traversing the sky in three strides, morning, afternoon, and night.

Origin:
< Sanskrit viṣṇu

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Vishnu (ˈvɪʃnuː)
 
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Hinduism the Pervader or Sustainer: originally a solar deity occupying a secondary place in the Hindu pantheon; later one of the three chief gods, the second member of the Trimurti; and, later still, the saviour appearing in many incarnations
 
[C17: from Sanskrit Viṣṇu, literally: the one who works everywhere]
 
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Vishnu
name of a principal Hindu deity, 1638, from Skt. Vishnu, probably from root vish- and meaning "all-pervader" or "worker."
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Vishnu [(vish-nooh)]

A deity of Hinduism, known as the Preserver. According to the Hindus, he has appeared as Krishna and as the Buddha.

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