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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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Nor did he fail to notice that the Vaishnavites and Saivites could come to blows.
The Yadavas were Vaishnavites and considered themselves direct descendants of Lord Krishna.
The Sanskrit term for "truth" is Satya, and it is quite clear that in Hinduism, love of truth is elevated to a kind of cult, as much among the Shaivites (for example, the legend of Raja Harichandra, who always told the truth, even at the risk of having to execute his wife before the Visvamitra king, had Siva not saved her) as among the Vaishnavites (for example, the cult of Satya Narayana at Murghanj, in Orissa; the cult of Satya Pir in Eastern Bengal), and Gandhi himself referred his own "Satyagraha" to the legendary example of Prahlad.
The Brahmins are regarded as neutral and free from this division, although they are divided into two sects: Saivites and Vaishnavites.