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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.
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(Hinduism) Hinduism a member of a sect devoted to the cult of Vishnu, strongly anti-Brahminic and antipriestly in outlook and stressing devotion through image worship and simple ritual
[from Sanskrit vaisnava of Vishnu]
ˈVaishnaˌvism n
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(ˈvaɪʃ nə və)

n., pl. -vas. Hinduism.
1. a Bhakti sect devoted to Vishnu.
2. a member of this sect.
Vaish′na•vism, n.
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Noun1.Vaishnava - worshipper of Vishnu
Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism - Hindu sect worshiping of Vishnu
Hindoo, Hindu - a person who adheres to Hinduism
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It is an important festival particularly to the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism.
In an interview, Dilbag Singh, the Director General of the Police in the region, said the report was 'generalizing things based on data that is fake or fuzzed.'In a written response, Lt Col Mohit Vaishnava, a spokesman for the Indian Army, said that allegations of abuse were 'false and fabricated propaganda.'
Mahatma Gandhi once mentioned one of his Vaishnava friends giving imported beef soup to his child and justifying it on the ground that it was medicine.
We see firsthand the way in which multiple iconographic sources were mobilized to produce new renditions of familiar divinities or symbols of charismatic authority; for instance, how a 2nd-century BC depiction of Pallas Athena could be reimagined in a 10th-century Hindu Shahi numismatic context, alongside Vaishnava and Shaiva iconography.
From Rag Jog -- the well-known ragam of Hindustani classical music -- to Amritavarshini -- the mystical pentatonic ragam of Carnatic music -- from the popular Keeravani, which was borrowed into Hindustani music from Carnatic music, to Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan Vaishnava Jana To, based on poetry by Narsinh Mehta, the Tarang Ensemble produces an outstanding array of tones and timbres and accentuates the beauty of Indian Classical Music by aesthetically embellishing its finer aspects and blending the technical intricacies of the different instruments into one harmonious whole.
He also honoured Emirati singer Yasser Habib, who rendered Gandhi's favourite devotional song Vaishnava Jana To as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Gandhi.
"Popular Omani singer pays tribute to Gandhi Ji by singing 'Vaishnava Jana To', shot at iconic places of Oman.
He shared a link to a YouTube video, in which the artist performs the song "Vaishnava Jana To" at Arad Fort.
The special assembly began with a tribute to the 'Father of the Nation', with the rendition of the popular hymn 'Vaishnava Janato' by the school choir.
The Vaishnava literature also had a deep impact on him, where Radha's ardent affection for Lord Krishna is the emblem of man's eternal longing for God.
The incidence of death from IHD with DM was 13.9% in the series of Vaishnava H et al, (10) while in the present study it was 10.00% which again is more or less in accordance of the findings of Vaishnava H et al.