easily be described as the most important lord of the
Hindu Trinity. Look to north India and you have Meera, the
woman saint singing soulfully to her lord, Hari tum haro
man ke pid. She invokes Vishnu by the name of Hari. O hari,
the remover of all sorrow, come bless me, she sings. A
devotee similar to her in South India called Andal sings
the thirupavai again in praise of Lord Vishnu as Narayana.
Kabir, the weaver poet, surrendered to the Lord while
Tulsidas wrote volumes about the same lord. Thayagaraja
gave body to a whole genre of music composed in praise of
this god and Jayadeva gave a form of classical dance its
lyrics and mood, all centering around the very same lord.
Can we forget Valmiki the father of Sanskrit poetry who
wrote the Ramayana, the story of Lord Rama? Or can we
forget Vyasa who describes the wisdom of Lord Krishna in
whose incarnation Vishnu appears? The story of Vishnu and
his many incarnations, is all pervading. In fact the word
Vishnu is said to mean, all pervading, deriving from the
root word vis which in Sanskrit means to enter.
time ago when the world was very young, a small child lay
on a banyan leaf and wondered as most of us keep doing,
what his purpose in life was, “Who am I? Who created me?
Why? What have I to perform?” True the baby was rather
young for thoughts so profound but that was because the
baby was none other than Lord Vishnu Himself. Lord Vishnu
was then reminded of his all pervading powers, the
foremost attribute of which was purity. His was the duty
to preserve, to bring back purity into the world when it
was being threatened. Brahma created while Siva,
destroyed. The Puranas are very clear on one aspect: none
of the three are superior to the other. To prove their
equality stories abound and the versions are often
Ten Avatars of