Vishnu (विष्णु) - also known as "The Sustainer" is one of the three Gods of Hinduism viz Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are brothers and Lord Vishnu is in the middle. Vishnu is endowed with "Satguna". Lord Vishnu is one of the most worshipped God in Hinduism. Various incarnations of Lord Vishnu have appeared over the ages and out of those Lord Ram and Lord Krishna are the most famous ones. An awaited avatar of Lord Vishnu will be called Kalki avatar which will appear towards the end of Kaliyuga.
Who is the Father of Lord Vishnu?
This question "who is father of Lord Vishnu" has remained a mystery till now. Our holy scriptures especially the Puranas however, give a clear indication of father and mother of Lord Vishnu. If one reads Shiv Purana and Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Purana, one can get good information about Lord Vishnu's father.
Lord Vishnu resides in the "Umbilical Lotus / Naabhi Kamal (नाभि कमल)" also called the Naabhi Chakra in the human body. Naabhi Chakra / lotus has 8 petals.
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Age of Vishnu
Another question that has remined a mystery until now is, what is the age of Lord Vishnu. How long does Lord Vishnu live for?
Holy Scriptures reveal that Lord Vishnu has a finite life span. Puranas give clear infomation, especially Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Puran clearly mentions that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv are in birth and death. This also means that Lord Vishnu is in the cycle of birth and death. In Shrimad Bhagavad Gita (4.34) also it has been mentioned that Lord Vishnu is in birth and death.
Therefore Lord Vishnu has a finite life span. What is the age of Lord Vishnu, find out below.
Age of Lord Vishnu is 7 times the age of Brahma.
- One Divine year = 3 trillion 110 billion 400 million years
- Age of Lord Brahma is 100 "Divine years", which is 311,040,000,000,000 years (311 trillion 40 billion years)
Therefore age of Vishnu is 7 x 100 "Divine years" = 700 "Divine years" = 2177280000000000 earth years (2 quadrillion 177 trillion 280 billion years).
Read more: Facts about God Vishnu
Shiv Puran - Who is the Father of Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva?
Lord Vishnu is not Supreme - Shiv Purana
There are many inferences in our Holy Scriptures that prove that Lord Vishnu is not Supreme God. One of the main ones is the one below.
Who can defeat Lord Vishnu?
Virbhadra defeats Vishnu and beheads Daksha (Father of Parvati)
In Shiv Purana there comes an account when wife of Lord Shiva, Sati (Parvati) jumps in to a yagya fire and gets burnt. When Lord Shiva learns about this, out of extreme rage, he pulls a few locks of his hair and creates Virbhadra and orders Virbhadra to kill Daksha. Virbhadra arrives at the scene of yagya. Witnessing Virbhadra, Daksha gets terrified and takes refuge of Lord Vishnu. A fight ensues. Lord Vishnu fires Sudarshan Chakra but Virbhadra counters it. Virbhadra defeats Lord Vishnu and other deities and also beheads King Daksha and throws his head in to the yagya fire. When Lord Vishnu regains consciousness, he retreats to his Vaikunth Lok.
Later on Brahma and other deities approach Lord Shiva and ask for pardon and to revive Daksha and other deities who were killed by Virbhadra. Lord Shiva finally agrees and revives them and also Daksha.
The above account proves that Lord Vishnu is not the supreme God.
Fight Between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu - Shiv Puran
Another account in Shiv Purana is that of a fight between Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. Both Brahma and Vishnu are not able to find the end of a pillar erected by Lord Shiva and accept defeat.
Read full details of fight between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu.
There are many other similar accounts which also prove that Lord Vishnu is not the Supreme God.