Overview for Origin and Development of Visnu Cult
The treatise deals with the concept which men entertain the divine or supernatural powers on the one hand and on the other, that sense of dependence of human being on those powers which find expression in various forms of worship. Visnu is a great God of the Hindu Pantheon. In the Hindu religion, Visnu, though a deity of highest importance in the Brahamanas, epics and Puranas, occupies but a subordinate position in the Rgveda. In the Rgveda, He is celebrated in several hymns. His anthropomorphic traits are frequently mentioned. Visnu appeared on earth in several forms. He took incarnations such as Matsya (fish), Kurma, (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narasimha (man-lion), Vamana (dwarf), Parasurama (Rama with axe), Rama (Raghava Rama), Krsna-Balarama, Buddha and Kalki as a savior of the mankind or as a destroyer of demons or evil forces. Sri or Laksmi either in her individual capacity or dependant as consort of Visnu has gained unprecedented popularity with other goddesses. She as V
Muralidhar Mohanty (Author)
Shri Muralidhar Mohanty was born in a small village of Bhandaripokhari, Orissa in the year 1931. An avid reader of ancient literature and vedic culture during his school days he joined Department of Culture of Government of Orissa at an early age. The author had spend most of his life in the temple city of Bhubaneswar which is an intriguing amalgam of the old and the new, a place of fusion of traditional Indian art in its many temples and monuments. However the vedic culture that dominated the landscape of Orissa drew the author and prompted him to attempt this work on Visnu Cult. The subject is very close to his heart. A retired Government Servant, the author had dedicated his life in social service and environment issues since his retirement in 1989. His yet to be published works includes: 1. The Fire, 2. The Sun-worship, 3. The God of Rain & Thunder & 4. Origin and Development of Radhakrishna cult.