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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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A significant feature of the part of the text that commences here is the Skandapurana's remarkable engagement with Vaisnava mythology.
He is a religious leader in both Unitarian Universalist and Gaudiya Vaisnava practices.
Champakalakshmi, R., Vaisnava Iconography in the Tamil Country, New
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.
Although we cannot assert any uniform theology of the sacred image within Hinduism, as Klostermaier has explained, "the average Hindu still sees in the images a real and physical presence of God and not only a symbolic one." (26) In other words, although some Hindus today will try to explain the images as only symbols of the gods, the traditional and still widely held view is connected to the idea of avatara, or "descent." 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.