About Sri Vishnu:
The word Vishnu means “one who pervades”. He permeates the entire universe. He is also known as Naarayana, Purushottama, Parandhama, Mukunda and Hari. Naarayana means “someone who has transformed the heart of human beings into adobe.”
There are many temples dedicated to Sri Maha Vishnu. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu and Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum, Kerala are very famous in southern India. Srirangam is considered the first and most important of the 108 main temples of Vishnu (Divyadesams) . This temple is also known as Bhooloka Vaikundam.
The supreme abode of Lord Maha Vishnu is Vaikuntha. He rests on Ananta Shesha (big snake) . His consort is Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi. He is the Lord of all the worlds and the eliminator of all the causes of fear.
Sri Maha Vishnu has four arms that holding Shankha (conch) , Chakara (disk) , Gadha (mace) and Padma (lotus) . The Shanka represents the five basic elements of the universe, namely the Earth, water, fire, air and sky. Chakra means cosmic mind. The spirit is fast and lively like the chakra. Gadha indicates the cosmic intellect and Padma indicates the evolving world.
The people of South India worship Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi as the wife of Sri Maha Vishnu. The goddess Sridevi is the spiritual energy of God and the goddess Bhoodevi is the mother of this universe. Sridevi and Bhoodevi are the two manifestations of the goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi.
Sri Vishnu Namavali:
om visnave namah | laksmi-pataye | gopalaya | vaikunthaya | garuda-dhvajaya | para-brahmane | jagan-nathaya | vasudevaya | tri-vikramaya | daityantakaya || 10 ||
madhu-ripave | tarksya-vahaya | sanatanaya | narayanaya | padma-nabhaya | hrsikesaya | sudha-pradaya | madhavaya | pundarikaksaya | sthiti-kartre || 20 ||
paratparaya | vanamaline | yajna-rupaya | cakra-panaye | gada-dharaya | upendraya | kesavaya | hamsaya | samudra-mathanaya | haraye || 30 ||
govindaya | brahma-janakaya | kaitabhasura- mardanaya | sridharaya | kamajanakaya | sesa-sayine | catur-bhujaya | pancajanya-dharaya | srimate | sarngapanaye || 40 ||
janardanaya | pitambara-dharaya | devaya | surya-candra-vilocanaya | matsyarupaya | kurma-rupaya | krodha-rupaya | nrkesarini | vamanaya | bhargavaya || 50 ||
ramaya | haline | krsnaya | hayananaya | visvambaraya | simsumaraya | sridharaya | kapilaya | dhruvaya | dattatreyaya || 60 ||
acyutaya | anantaya | mukundaya | dadhi-vamanaya | dhanvantaraye | srinivasaya | pradyumnaya | purusottamaya | srivatsa-kaustubhoraskaya | murarataye || 70 ||
adhoksajaya | vrsabhaya | mohini-rupa-dharine | sankarsanaya | prthave | ksirabdhi-sayine | bhutatmane | bhagavate | bhakta-vatsalaya | aniruddhaya || 80 ||
aprameyatmane | tri-dhamne | bhuta-bhavanaya | sveta-dvipe-nivastavyaya | surya-mandala-madhya-gaya | sanakadi-samsevitaya | gajendra-varadaya | narayanaya | nila-kantaya | dhara-kantaya || 90 ||
vedatmane | badarayanaya | bhagirathi-janma-bhumi-pada-padmaya | satamprabhave | svabhuve | vibhave | ganasyamaya | jagat-karanaya | avyayaya | buddhavataraya || 100 ||
santatmane | liladhrta-varakrtaye | damodaraya | virat-rupaya | bhuta-bhavatprabhave | adi-devaya | deva-devaya | prahlada-paripalakaya || 108 ||