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Books with title Tales of Vishnu: The Gentle God

  • Tales of Vishnu: The Gentle God

    Anant Pai

    (Amar Chitra Katha, Feb. 1, 2008)
    Tales of Vishnu: The Gentle God (Amar Chitra Katha) Indian Comic Book (Epics and Mythology)
  • Tales of Vishnu


    language (Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd, Feb. 1, 2008)
    Vishnu, they say, is just one of a powerful threesome, the highest lords of the universe. However, though Brahma has created the universe and Shiva can destroy it, it is up to the great god Vishnu to keep all creatures within it well and happy. Always compassionate, he is also the wisest of the trinity. It is he who good-naturedly sorts out the mess the others create and above all, Vishnu always favors the good and the pure.
  • Tales of Vishnu

    Anant Pai

    (IBH, Jan. 1, 1999)
    Vishnu, the Preserver, is the second of the Hindu triad. Whenever evil is on the ascendant, Vishnu descends on earth to uphold righteousness and to destroy evil. The tales of these descents or avatars told in various puranas have contributed in no small measure to make Vishnu the most popular of Hindu deities. His worshippers are called Vaishnavas. Of the eighteen major puranas, six are known as the Vaishnava Puranas as they eulogize Vishnu and depict him as the Supreme Self. In the Vedas, Vishnu is sometimes referred to as a deputy of Indra. In the Rig Veda, only five hymns are devoted to him, as against the two hundred and fifty devoted to Indra. However, Vishnu eventually overshadowed Indra and shot into prominence as the God of the gods. According to some scholars, the identification of Vishnu with Vasudeva-Krishna, the deified Yadava hero, contributed significantly to the rise of Vishnu as the greatest of the gods in the hierarchy of the Hindu pantheon. In fact, Vasudeva-Krishna came to be considered the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Vishnu is more a love-inspiring than a fear-inspiring deity. The Bhagavata Purana, from which these tales are adapted, abounds in narratives of the benevolent acts of Vishnu. Although he is kind and sympathetic, he is never taken in by the apparent devotion of evil men. Even when they succeed in wresting favors from other gods, Vishnu maneuvers to bring about their destruction without falsifying the boons given to them by the gods.