Vishnu, also known by names such as Narayana and Hari, is one of the many principal deities within Hindu culture. He is the ’Supreme Being’ within Vaishnavism, a major tradition of contemporary Hinduism. The mount of Vishnu is a Garuda or a bull; a legendary bird within Hinduism. Vishnu is the ‘protector and the preserver’ within the Trimurti of Hinduism; which also consists of Brahma, ‘the creator’ and Shiva, ‘the destroyer’.
Vishnu is one of the most iconic deities in Hindu culture and is husband to Goddess Lakshmi, ‘the Goddess of Wealth’. In ancient Vaishnavism texts, it is said that the highest form of Vishnu is identical to the infinite form of Brahman. Vishnu is usually depicted as pale blue, with four arms; in the lower left hand is a lotus flower, in the lower right, a mace, in his upper left, a conch and in his upper right a discus. Lord Vishnu has many avatars and the most notable of these are Lord Rama, the lead protagonist of the Ramayana and Lord Krishna, the lead protagonist of the Mahabharata.
Another thing that Lord Vishnu is the God of is Dharma. Dharma has no single word translation into English but the best way to describe it is as our; duties, rights, laws, conduct, virtues and right way of living. the antonym of dharma is adharma, which means unnaturalness, wrongness, evil, immorality and wickedness. Dharma is also a concept within religions other than Hinduism, such as Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.