(Last Updated on : 17/07/2013)
Characters of Vishnu Purana
, together sketch the various aspects of the life of Lord Vishnu
. Vishnu Purana, a religious text of Hindus, enlists itself among the 18 Mahapuranas
of India. Vishnu Purana includes tales of the life of Lord Vishnu and his avatars. The central focus of Vishnu Purana has been the worship of Lord Vishnu which is also a means of achieving salvation through which one can free himself from the cycle of birth and death.
Airavata is a white elephant and the carrier of Lord Indra
. As per Ramayana
, he is the son of Iravat
. Airavata is made the king of elephants by an avatar of Vishnu, Prithu. Airavata was milk white with seven trunks and four tusks.
Eldest son of Havirdhana is Prachinaverhis. He is married to the daughter of ocean Savarna
Satrajit is the son of Nighna
. As per Vishnu Purana, Satrajit had said some verses in praise of the Sun God, Surya for which the Sun God appeared before him and had shown him his real form. Surya indeed had a dwarfish structure with a burnished copper body and slightly red eyes. Surya had also presented him his jewel, Syamantaka
. Satrajit was killed by Satadhanwan who tried to posses his Syamantaka.
According to Vishnu Purana, Ugrasena had nine sons among which one was Sanku. He had five sisters namely Kansavati
Maru is the descendent Lord Rama
and was the son of Sighra
. Vishnu Purana says that Maru through immense Yoga
and devotion had acquired a distinct power and is still living in a village known as Kalapa
. The name of the king of Mithila, Hariyasw, is also Maru.
Mohini was the female avatar of Vishnu. During the conflict between the Gods and Demons in the search of Amrita, Mohini diverted the Demons with her alluring beauty and distributed it among the Gods.
Bala Chakravarti was the famous giant. He was killed along with Naraksura
by Lord Vishnu, in a conflict.
Syeni was the daughter of Tamra
and Kasyapa. Syeni had five sisters namely Bhasi
, Suchi, Gridhrika, Suki and Sugrivi. Syeni was the mother of hawks.
Yashoda brought up Lord Krishna
, the son of Vasudeva and Devaki, as her own child. However, Yashoda later came to know that Krishna was not his own child and he had to leave for Mathura
for killing Kamsa. But even after knowing this fact, Yashoda adored him as her own child.
Vithoba is a famous saint who is worshipped mainly in Andhra Pradesh
. Vithoba is known by different names such as Panduranga, Pandhari and Vitthala. Several stories have been narrated regarding the origin and interpretations of the names of Vithoba. During the Maratha
rule, Lord Vithoba was introduced to South India in 15th century. Popular Vithoba temples
in India are Vijaya-Vittala Temple and Vitthaleshwara Temple.
Apart from these, other important characters of Vishnu Purana are Mitraya
and many more.
Vishnu Purana illustrates Lord Vishnu as supreme God who creates infinite universes and enters each universe as the Lord. It is believed that Vishnu creates 14 worlds within the universes as Brahma. The sustenance, maintenance and preservation of universes are also done by the Lord himself.