(Last Updated on : 06/05/2017)
, a Vaishnavism
text is one of the eighteen major Puranas
. In fact, it is one of the oldest and better preserved Purana in the Puranic genre of Sanskrit literature
. The name of this Purana is based on half-human and half-fish
avatar of Lord Vishnu
. This text contains diverse range of topics and has lasted and made its way into the modern era giving an idea about its contents and characters. Given below are the Characters of Matsya Purana namely, Matsya, Vishnu, Shiva
Matsya, also known as the Fish God
and the first avatar of Vishnu is a significant part of Matsya Purana. The Puran contains story of Matsya. More specifically, the holy book will intimate the readers with the mythology of a great flood
, when humans led by Manu
, the seeds of all plants
, mobile living beings and the Vedas
were saved by the Matsya avatar of Vishnu. Indian mythology
to be the abode of Matsya, chakra and mace to be His weapon and Lakshmi
to be His consort.
Vishnu, the Supreme Being according to the Vaishnavism tradition, is one of the major deities of Hindus. Vishnu forms a Hindu
Trinity or Trimurti along with Brahma
and Shiva. Indian mythology highlights Lakshmi to be the consort of Vishnu and Vaikuntha to be His abode. He can be recognized in places of worship with the help of dark or pale blue complexion and four arms. A padma or lotus flower
in the lower left hand, kaumodaki gada or mace in the lower right hand, panchajanya shankha
or conch in the upper left hand and the sudarshana chakra
or discus in the upper right hand are His various symbols.
Shiva, the Supreme Being according to Shaivism
tradition, is one of the major deities of Hindus. Shaivism holds Shiva as the one who creates, protects and transforms the universe. Within the Hindu Trinity, Shiva is the destroyer and transformer. Indian mythology highlights Parvati
as the consorts of Shiva, Mount Kailash to be His abode, Trishula to be His weapon and Lingam
to be His symbol.
Shakti, the Supreme Being in Shaktism
is the Hindu goddess
responsible for creation and is considered the agent of all change. She is the primordial cosmic energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe. She is the embodiment of active feminine energy of Shiva and is His consort.