Lord Vishnu is the preserver of the universe.In the Puranas, Vishnu is described as being the color of clouds, four-armed, holding a lotus, mace, conch and chakra. Vishnu is also described in the Bhagavad Gita as having a 'Universal Form' which is beyond the ordinary limits of human sense perception .In the Trimurti, Vishnu is responsible for the maintenance or 'preservation' of the Universe, with the other roles of creation and destruction being under the care of Brahma and Shiva, respectively.He is to be depicted as a four-armed male-formThe color of his skin has to be new-cloud-like-blueHe has the mark of sage Bhrigu's feet on his chest.Also on his chest is the srivatsa mark, symbolising his consort Lakshmi. It is on the chest of Vishnu, where Lakshmi residesAround his neck, he wears the auspicious "Kaustubha" jewel, and a garland of flowers It is in this jewel, on Vishnu's chest that Lakshmi dwells. A crown should adorn his head: The crown symbolizes his supreme authority. He is to shown wearing two earrings: The earrings represent inherent opposites in creation - knowledge and ignorance; happiness and unhappiness; pleasure and pain. He rests on Ananta: the immortal and infinite snake. Vishnu is always to be depicted holding the four attributes associated with him, being conch, chakra, mace or gada, lotus Standing upright on a lotus flower, often with Lakshmi, his consort, beside him on a similar pedestal.
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