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n. Hinduism
One who worships Vishnu.

[From Sanskrit vaiṣṇava-, relating to Vishnu, from Viṣṇuḥ, Vishnu.]

Vaish′na·vism (-vĭz′əm) n.


the worship of Vishnu in any of his forms or incarnations. — Vaishnava, Vaishnavite, n.
See also: Hinduism
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Noun1.Vaishnavism - Hindu sect worshiping of VishnuVaishnavism - Hindu sect worshiping of Vishnu  
Hindooism, Hinduism - the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Vaishnava - worshipper of Vishnu
2.Vaishnavism - worship of Vishnu one of the 3 chief gods of the Hindu pantheonVaishnavism - worship of Vishnu one of the 3 chief gods of the Hindu pantheon
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
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The nyasas reflect the history of the tradition and the texts say that the Vedanyasa, the ritual imposition of Vedic hymns, is the same in the religious systems of the Saiva, Vaisnava, Saura, and Bhagavata (p.
Scholars of South Asian religion and culture address major issues connected with the pratistha, consecration rite, in Saiva, Vaisnava, Buddhist, and Jain contexts, offering insights into the consecration procedures in various traditions and historical periods.
The theology of Vaisnava tradition, in general assumes that Lord prevails in everything and he himself prevails as everything--all human, neuter and all the other elements of the universe are contained within him; and thus he happens to be everything.
In particular, the Sri Vaisnava tradition adheres to the system of Pancaratra.
5th-8th century AD), and especially thrives in Tantric scriptures of various persuasions (namely Saiva, Vaisnava, and Bauddha) written throughout the medieval and early modern period (16th century AD).
Early Vaisnava Imagery: Caturvyuha and Variant Forms," Archives of Asian Arts, vol.
31) Even among the Advaitins who accept Brahman as the Ultimate Reality, we see the followers of Sankara claiming nirguna Brahman (Brahman without attributes, sometimes understood as impersonal Brahman) as the Ultimate Reality, whereas for theologians of the Vaisnava school (like Ramanuja) saguna Brahman (Brahman with attributes) is the ultimate.
Tradicionalmente, los Puranas son 18 libros principales que estan divididos en tres grupos de seis (35), cada uno asociado a las tres cualidades inherentes de la naturaleza (tri-gunas): sattva (pureza, luz), rajas (pasion, accion) y tamas (oscuridad, inercia), representados por la trimurtipuranica (Vishnu Brahma y Siva, respectivamente) en tres grupos de seis cada uno: los Vaisnava Puranas (los Puranas Vishnu, Bhagavata, Garuda, Naradiya, Padmay Varaha), los Brahma Puranas (los Puranas Brahma, Brahmanda, Brahmavaivarta, Markandeya, Bhavisya y Vamana) y, finalmente, los Saiva Puranas (los Purana Siva, Lingam, Matsya, Kurma, Skanda y Agni).
Maithili, however, had an established literary reputation and the Vaisnava reformers immediately realized its advantages: it had great prestige, it was mellifluous, it was already associated with Krsna thanks to Vidyapati and, finally, by simplifying its grammar and equipping it with a more Sanskritized vocabulary, it could be made relatively intelligible to audiences in Assam and Bengal.
Sukla has ventured to explore this misplaced myth and has undertaken the challenging task of unfolding the philosophical contributions of Sridhara Svami, the great scholar of the Vaisnava tradition.
This is an annotated English translation of the Vaisnava Dharmasastra, more commonly known as Visnu Smrti, a lesser known example of the Sanskrit genre of texts prescribing Hindu religious and legal duties.