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According to the traditional explanation a derivation from the root √viṣ (to pervade), thus originally meaning "All-pervader" or "Worker".


विष्णु (víṣṇu) m.

  1. Vishnu (RV. etc.)
    पर तद विष्णु सतवते वीर्येण मर्गो न भीमः कुचरो गिरिष्ठाः |
    यस्योरुषु तरिषु विक्रमणेष्वधिक्षियन्ति भुवनानि विश्वा ||
    pra tad viṣṇu stavate vīryeṇa mṛgho na bhīmaḥ kucaro ghiriṣṭhāḥ |
    yasyoruṣu triṣu vikramaṇeṣvadhikṣiyanti bhuvanāni viśvā ||
    For this his mighty deed is Viṣṇu lauded, like some wild beast, dread, prowling, mountain-roaming;
    He within whose three wide-extended paces all living creatures have their habitation.
  2. name of the month चैत्र (caitra) (VarBṛS.)
  3. (with प्राजापत्य (prājāpatya)) name of the author of RV. X, 84
  4. name of a son of Manu Sāvarṇa and Manu Bhautya (MārkP.)
  5. name of the writer of a law-book
  6. name of the father of the 11th अर्हत् (arhat) of the present अवसर्पिणी (avasarpiṇī) (L.)
  7. (also with गणक (gaṇaka), कवि (kavi), दैवज्ञ (daivajña), पण्डित (paṇḍita), भट्ट (bhaṭṭa), मिZर (miśra), यतीन्द्र (yatī*ndra), वाजपेयिन् (vājapeyin), शास्त्रिन् etc.) name of various authors and others (Inscr., Cat.)
  8. = अग्नि (agni) (L.)
  9. = वसुदेवता (vasu-devatā) (L.)
  10. = शुद्ध (śuddha) (L.)



विष्णु (víṣṇu) f.

  1. name of the mother of the 11th अर्हत् (arhat) of the present अवसर्पिणी (avasarpiṇī) (L.)



  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams, A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1898, page 0999

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