Aspects of Early Viṣṇuism

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1969 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 270 pages
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Visnu holds a divinity of highest rank among the Hindus. In the present work, the author has made an attempt to sketch the main features in the character of Visnu as they appeared in different ages.

The book has an enlightening introduction, a list of abbreviations, four indices and detailed footnotes.
 

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Contents

Visnu and fertility
9
Visnu as a liberal and beneficent god
21
Visnu and the sun
25
Visnu and Indra
28
Visnu Indra and the vajra
32
The three strides
55
Visnu and the mountains
73
The sacrifice
77
The gods names
105
Visnus relations with other gods
108
The gods exploits
118
The avataras
124
The tortoise the churning of the ocean
126
The boar
129
The dwarf
145
Animals
147

The sacrificial post
81
Visnus navel
84
Some other beliefs in connection with Visnu
89
A His sleep 89 B Visnu and the thumb 91 C Visnu the doorkeeper
93
The gods abode 93 E The sala grama 94 F The soma
95
Emblems and attributes
96
Krsna
154
Visnu and kingship
164
Sri
176
Some aspects of Visnus cult
232
fndex
263
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