What are Lord Vishnu characteristics (Lakshanas)

What are Lord Vishnu characteristics (Lakshanas) Namaste friends, how are you doing today? Bhagavan Sri Vishnu blessings to you and your family! How can someone can know about the characteristics of Lord Vishnu. Can we know about Lord Vishnu from our parents? Can we know about Lord Vishnu from our Guru? Can we know about Lord Vishnu by reading the Hindu scriptures like Vedas, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Puranas, Upanishads, etc. Can we know about Lord Vishnu by seeing his deities in Tirupati (Srinivas, Venkatesh), Pandarpur (Panduranga, Vittala), Udupi (Sri Udupi Krishna), Dwarka (Dwarkadhish), Badrinath (Badri Narayan), Mathura (Sri Krishna), Srirangam (Sri Ranganatha), Puri (Sri Jagannath), etc. Can we know about Lord Vishnu in our dreams, or how can we know about Lord Vishnu? Our Shastras like Vedas, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Puranas, Upanishads, etc. tell that, we can know about Lord Vishnu by knowing his characteristics, by knowing his attributes, by knowing his qualities. This is the best means of understanding, endearing, loving Lord Vishnu. The everlasting, real and precise...
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Why should we know about God (Lord Vishnu)

Why should we know about God (Lord Vishnu) Namaste friends, how are you doing today? Bhagavan Sri Vishnu blessings to you and your family! This question is highly important and this question is been asked since the 'aadi kalam' (grand unknown time) and will be asked until the 'ananta kalam' (grand infinite time). But, we should always remember that, why a question is raised, then answer for that question will be also available for the person who really wants to know the correct answer(s) as per Hindu Sanatana Dharma texts. Hindu God Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is present since the 'aadi kalam' and will be present until the 'ananta kalam'. Lord Vishnu is known as 'guna paripurna', that is, he is having all the infinite qualities and no other Devatas (Demigods) is having such all the qualities. Thus, Hindu Sanatana Dharma always says to know the corrects as per the Hindu scriptures and not the answer(s) given by a particular person(s) from his / her own...
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List of Ekadashi fasting (upavasam) days names

List of Ekadashi fasting (upavasam) days names Namaste friends, how are you doing today? Bhagavan Sri Vishnu blessings to you and your family! Let us learn the "List of Ekadashi fasting (upavasam) days": “Hari din / Day of Hari – Ekadashi upavasam / fasting”. Namaste mitragan / friends, first let us know the meaning of "Upavasam" – “Upavasam” means, one should stay away from the banned things and should always think and do only the works which will make Sri Vishnu / Sri Hari / Sri Krishna / Sri Rama happy. The bhoga (luxury, lust etc.) things should not be done and used in any way at all on the GREAT Ekadashi fasting / Upavasam day. When does the GREAT Ekadashi Vrata starts - When does the GREAT Ekadashi Vrata starts - Ekadhashi Vrata begins with the sankalpam on the Dashami day and then fasting on the Ekadashi day and doing Parana on Dwadashi day.  Since it is spread over three days it got the name 'Dinatraya' (here...
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List of fasting (upavasam) names with meaning in Hinduism

List of fasting (upavasam) names with meaning in Hinduism Namaste friends, how are you doing today? Bhagavan Sri Vishnu blessings to you and your family! First of all, let us understand, what is fasting (upavasam) as per Hindu Sanatana Dharma? The meaning of "Upavasam" is that one should stay away from the banned things and should always think and only do the works which will make Bhagavan Sri Vishnu happy. No bhoga (luxury, lust etc.) things should be done on the fasting (upavasam) day(s). Only things related to Bhagavan Sri Vishnu should be done, like reading about the Sanatana Dharma grantas (especially related to Bhagavan Sri Vishnu), listening the pastimes of Sri Hari etc. During the fasting (upavasam) day(s), one should avoid over eating, applying oil on any part of the body, sleeping during day time, drinking lots of water etc. On the Great Ekadashi day, one should not have the teertha more than once (remember only teertha can be taken that too only once and...
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What are Lord Hayagriva unknown facts

What are Lord Hayagriva unknown facts Namaste friends, how are you doing today? Bhagavan Sri Vishnu blessings to you and your family! First let us know the meaning of the name Hayagriva: Hayagriva = Haya + Griva = Horse + Neck. This means, Bhagavan Sri Vishnu in the avatar of Hayagriva is in the form of Horse headed Supreme God of knowledge and wisdom. On Shravana Shukla Purnima (Full Moon day in the Lunar month of Shravana Masam / month) is recognized as Lord Hayagriva Jayanti, that is: This is the day Bhagavan Sri Vishnu took the avatar / incarnated as Bhagavan Sri Hayagriva and restored lost Vedas and the day generally coincides with Upakarma. Bhagavan Sri Hayagriva also means the one who has the most divine and most beautiful throat (Hayagriva = Haya's griva = Horse's throat) from where all the divine knowledge (Vedas etc.) has been articulated and has been demonstrated. Bhagavan Sri Vishnu in His avatar as Bhagavan Sri Hayagriva has killed the...
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What is Dharma Artha Kama Moksha (4 Purusharthas) meaning

What is Dharma Artha Kama Moksha (4 Purusharthas) meaning Namaste friends, how are you doing today? Bhagavan Sri Vishnu blessings to you and your family! Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha are the four caturbhāva (Chaturbhavas) and they are known as Chaturvidha Purusharthas in Hinduism. Here Chatur Bhava is one of the names of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu as mentioned in Sri Vishnu Sahasranama (Shloka 82 - We will see the meaning below). He is the reason for Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. This means, Dharma = Doing duty as per the Sanatana Dharma. Artha = Ultimate divine wealth. Kama = Desire. Moksha = Divine liberation. Chaturvidha Purusharthas means - Chaturvidha = Four + ways. Purusharthas = Human efforts (Many must have heard in olden days people asking, what is your Purusharthas? This means, what efforts have you done to complete that particular job / work. Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) is so unique and only one Dharma on this earth, that you can't find another Dharma which is...
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Importance of Food (anna) in Hinduism (Bhagavad Gita)

Importance of Food (anna) in Hinduism (Bhagavad Gita) Namaste friends, how are your doing today? Bhagavan Sri Vishnu blessings to you and your family! अन्न / ಅನ್ನ / anna (Food) is the most essential item for humans after वायु / ವಾಯು / vāyu (Air) and जल / ಜಲ / jala (Water). In Hinduism अन्न / ಅನ್ನ / anna (Food) has a great importance and it is called as "परब्रह्म स्वरूप / ಪರಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ಸ್ವರೂಪ / parabrahma svarūpa", that is, in food directly Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is present in more then one form. For Bhagavan Sri Vishnu food is kept as 'नैवेद्य / ನೈವೇದ್ಯ / naivēdya' (Divine food), for Pitrus (ancestors) food is given as 'पिंड / ಪಿಂಡ / piṇḍa' etc. Thus this type of auspicious food should never be wasted. If food is wasted in any form, in this life itself or in the next life (lives), such kind of people may have to suffer with hunger and starvation. (We can easily see this type of situation...
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What is Janardhan (Sanskrit Janardhana) name meaning

What is Janardhana (Sanskrit Janardhana) name meaning Namaste friends, how are your doing today? Bhagavan Sri Vishnu blessings to you and your family! Bhagavan Sri Vishnu has unlimited names like Narayana, Hari, Krishna, Rama, Aniruddha, Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Mukunda, Keshava, Hrishikesha, Govinda, Gopala, etc. Janardana (Janardhana) (जनार्दन / ಜನಾರ್ದನ / janārdana) is another highly auspicious name of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and we can find this divine name as the 126th name in Sri Vishnu Sahasranama stotram. In Bhagavad Gita Arjuna uses this divine name of Janardana to address Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The divine name Janardana also appears as one of the 'Chaturvimshati Nama' (Divine 24 names). Now, let's know the meaning of this divine name "Janardana": In Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 1 shloka 44, Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is called with this divine name Janardana: उत्सन्नकुलधर्माणां मनुष्याणां जनार्दन ।नरके‌உनियतं वासो भवतीत्यनुशुश्रुम ॥ 1-44 ॥ ಉತ್ಸನ್ನಕುಲಧರ್ಮಾಣಾಂ ಮನುಷ್ಯಾಣಾಂ ಜನಾರ್ದನ |ನರಕೇ‌உನಿಯತಂ ವಾಸೋ ಭವತೀತ್ಯನುಶುಶ್ರುಮ || 1-44 || utsannakuladharmāṇāṁ manuṣyāṇāṁ janārdana | narakē‌uniyataṁ vāsō bhavatītyanuśuśruma || 1-44 || Here, Arjuna is addressing Bhagavan Sri Krishna as janārdana (Janardana). Translation:...
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What is Narayan (Sanskrit Narayana) name meaning

What is Narayan (Sanskit Narayana) name meaning Namaste friends, how are your doing today? Bhagavan Sri Narayana blessings to you and your family! Sanskrit is so well designed language that it's words can be easily separated to understand the meaning of each alphabet and the whole word too. Just moving forward to know about "What is Narayan (Sanskrit Narayana) name meaning", let us have a basic idea of this divine name Narayana: Narayana = Nara + Ayana = Water + Living (Staying). Narayana is someone who lives / stays in the divine waters of Kshirasagara in Vaikuntha (This is not the only meaning. It has unlimited number of meanings. Below we will see few of them). Bhagavan Sri Narayana stays in Vaikuntha with his divine consort Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi. Bhagavan Sri Narayana is staying in Vaikuntha since the 'aadi kalam' (Grand unknown time) and will stay until the 'ananta kalam' (Grand infinite time). Now, let us move forward to know about "What is Narayan (Sanskrit...
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What is Keshav (Sanskrit Keshava) name meaning

What is Keshav (Sanskrit Keshava) name meaning Namaste Sajjanas, how are you doing today? Bhagavan Keshava blessings to you and your family! Keshava is one of the famous names of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. This name Keshava is considered as 'Moola Roopa' (Original form) of the 'aadi swaroopa' (Divinely primordial) of Sarvottama / Supreme Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. Now, let us break the name Keshava and let us understand it's meaning: 1. Keshava = Ka + Isha + Va = This name is the origin and governing Bhagavan / Ishwar of Sri Brahma Deva + Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva) and all the Devatas / Demigods. Bhagavan Sri Keshava (Sri Brahma Deva takes birth from the 'nabhi' / navel of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and Lord Shiva takes birth from 'manasa' / mind of Sri Brahma Deva). 2. Kesa (Kes) is a Sanskrit word which means hair (Even in many Indian languages we use this word for hair). 3. Also Kesa (Kes) means a ray of light. 4. Keshava also has the meaning...
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