Lord Vishnu, the preserver of Universe is one of the Tridevs in Hinduism. There are different pictures and images of this God but, ideally, Lord Vishnu is a human body with four arms. The idol wears an embellished crown and carries a conch (shankh), a mace (gada), and discus (chakra). One common thing that you will see in any Vishnu idol or image is the blue coloured body and yellow coloured clothes. In Hinduism, yellow is a sacred colour that represents knowledge and learning. All the Vishnu pitamber clothes are made with yellow colour. Devotees and worshipers wear yellow on Thursday (the day of Lord Vishnu) to win his heart.
Goddess Lakshmi is the wife of this omnipresent Lord. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth. So, to bring wealth and prosperity in the house, many Hindu believers worship both Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
Thursday or Guruvar is commonly called as Vrihaspativar as it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Brihaspati (the guru of Gods).
Devotees of Lord Vishnu wear yellow clothes on Vrihaspativar. They offer yellow flowers and clothes to the Vishnu idol. Many devotees fast every Thursday to impress Lord Vishnu and earn prosperity. They eat once in a day and prefer yellow coloured dishes. Most of the devotees eat Bengal Gram (chana dal) and bananas. Bananas are offered to Lord Vishnu. Banana trees and plants are often seen in outdoor gardens of Hindus houses. Devotees pour turmeric and chana dal water with jaggery on the banana plant on Thursdays. These rituals are just an attempt to bring wealth, prosperity, happiness and fame in an individual's life.
There are many beliefs attached to Thursday or Vrihaspativar.
- Women should not wash their hair on Thursdays.
- Do not cut nails on Vrihaspativar.
- Many devotees believe that to impress Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, you should not wash clothes on Thursday.
- Wearing yellow Sapphire or Pokhraj helps control Jupiter, the planet of Lord Vishnu.
Sometimes you will see Lord Vishnu lying on the right side with numerous snakes over him. These snake denote the mind and the heads show different passions and desires of an individual. It is believed that the snake kills its victim with the venom; similarly an uncontrolled mind destroys the world. Two snakes are coiled around Lord Vishnu and this shows that He has control over all the desires and passions of His devotees. There is a belief that, "To impress Lord Vishnu and win His heart, you should control your desires and be happy with whatever you have. Lord Vishnu will Himself fulfill all your wishes."
Few Incarnations of Lord Vishnu:
Lord Vishnu has appeared in different avatars to curb evil and bring peace and happiness on Earth. Lord Vishnu has come in the incarnation of-
- Lord Krishna (blue coloured idol who wears yellow)
- Matsya - a fish
- Gautam Buddha- a spiritual teacher
- Rama- a messanger to kill Ravan (demon)
- Narasimha - a lion face man who killed demon King Hiranyakashipu
- Kurma- a tortoise
- Parasurama- a warrior
Lord Vishnu is a calm and peaceful Tridev. To impress Him, be honest and believe in Karma.