Vishnu Mantra lyrics:
”SHAANTAAKAARAM BHUJAGASHAYANAM PADMANAABHAM SURESHAM
VISHWAADHAARAM GAGANASADRASHAM MEGHAVARNAM SHUBHAANGAM
LAKSHMIKAANTAM KAMALNAYANAM YOGIBHIRDHYAANAGAMYAM
VANDE VISHNUM BHAVABHAYAYAHARAM SARVALOKAIKANAATHAM.”
Vishnu Mantra English translation:
”The one with highly and peaceful appealing form; the one that reclines on the five headed serpents Adisesha
The one with a heavenly lotus emanating from his naval; the one who is the head of all the gods
The one who is the supporter of this universe; the one who is so expansive like space
The one who is dark in complexion like that of the clouds; the one who has a highly auspicious appearance
The one who is the Lord of Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth); the one who has eyes like that of the lotus petals
The one who is sought after by the penance of the Rishis
I bow down to Lord Vishnu who is the remover of the earthly bondage and fears
I know him as the Lord of all the worlds.”
The concept of Vishnu stands for that aspect of Brahman which is engaged in the work of preservation of creation.
Lord Vishnu means one who pervades, one who is omnipresent. All existing universes, from smallest to largest, are permeated with his presence. Another name of Vishnu happens to be Narayana.
The word means ‘one who is the abode of all human beings and one who has made the heart of all human beings his abode.
Krishna, Vishnu’s 8th incarnation, told in Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, ”Whenever Dharma (reign of righteous law and order) is endangered in this world, I incarnate onto this world to re-establish Dharma and to destroy the evil elements of the society.”
The 10 avatars seem to reflect the evolutionary timeline of the earth: Matya (fish), Varaha (boar), Kurma (tortoise), Vamana (dwarf),Narasimha (half man, half lion), Rama (man of noble character), Krishna (man of divine character), Parasurama (man of wild nature), Buddha (enlightened man), Kalki (man to put an end of this time cycle).
References to the glories of Shri Vishnu are found in such ancient books as the sacred Rig-veda. Many of them are in relation to His powerful form as Vamanadeva, the dwarf incarnation who asked for only 3 steps of land from Bali Maharaja and with those 3 steps covered the entire creation.
Lord Krishna is particularly loved throughout India. The Bhagavad Gita is Krishna’s instruction to Arjuna on the battlefield of Mahabharata War.
It is said that Shiva and Brahma will give boons to anyone who demonstrates devotion, perhaps unable to distinguish between good and evil beings. Lord Vishnu, on the other hand, protects mankind and the Gods from demons given too much power by praying to the other two!
Lord Vishnu’s worshippers, commonly called Vaishnava, consider him the greatest god. They regard the other gods as lesser or demi-gods.
The biggest Lord Vishnu holiday is Krishna Janmashtami, which is Lord Krishna’s birthday. It usually happens in late August.
He is usually resting on the huge serpent of Sesha. Furthermore, He is seen standing on the whirl of a lotus flower with 4 hands, which signifies the 4 directions and represents His absolute power in the 4 corners of the creation.