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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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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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It is an important festival particularly to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism.
Catholic 87.2% (includes Roman Catholic 86.9% and Greek Catholic, Armenian Catholic, and Byzantine-Slavic Catholic .3%), Orthodox 1.3% (almost all are Polish Autocephalous Orthodox), Protestant 0.4% (mainly Augsburg Evangelical and Pentacostal), other 0.4% (includes Jehovah's Witness, Buddhist, Hare Krishna, Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Muslim, Jewish, Mormon), unspecified 10.8% (2012 est.)
(3) Other traditional and religious performance forms include those influenced by the entrance of Hindu religion, particularly Vaishnavism, into the Manipuri sociocultural sphere.
Vaishnavism believes in the supremacy of Lord Vishnu over all other Hindu deities.
A variety of ascetic sects exist in Hinduism; Vaishnavism, worshiping the god Vishnu, is one of the most prominent, its followers shaving their heads and leaving a single lock of hair in the back; another is Shaivism, which worships the god Shiva.
Another popular legend tells the tale of Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity) getting married to Lord Vishnu (God of Vaishnavism) and hence people worship idols of Lakshmi-Narayan (an avatar of Vishnu) in their households on the day.
These thinkers have argued that central texts play a crucial role in classical Buddhism, Christianity, and Vaishnavism in the sense that one must be thoroughly absorbed and have existentially appropriated these texts in such a way that they become part of one's being.
Hinduism (actually Vaishnavism) came a century later, again via Bengal, when the local Meiteis of the Valley were converted.
Pujya JejeShri Vrajrajkumarji Mahodayshri in discourses addressed the audience that Vaishnavism (a sect of Hinduism) is not just a religion but a way of life.
Her column was the offshoot of a 'lifelong search for meaning that led her to Vaishnavism, a monotheistic Hindu philosophy that stressed the importance of devotion to God,' her son wrote.
Further, one of the villains is named Vishnu, reflecting the traditional clashes between Vaishnavism and Shaivism.
Traditionally, Bharatanatyam has been a solo dance that was performed exclusively by women, and expressed Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism, but also of Vaishnavism and Shaktism.