- Maha Vishnu
Relation to Krishna
Vishnu was an Aditya, and Krishna a Yadava. Vishnu was born much before Krishna, generations away. There is a relation between the lineages, which is why both Vaishnavism and Jainism use the term 'Harivamśa'.
We know that the Yadavas were devout Sātvats (worshipers of Vishnu.) Vaishnavam has also been known as Bhagavatam, Ekantika Dharm, Pacharatra, Sātvat Vidhi, and Narayaniya. Usually in India, when saints were considered avatars, they were deemed avatars of the God whom they worshipped. For example, Jalaram Bapa is considered that of Surya, while the Bhairava saints that of Shiva.
In Jain sastras, Krishna is believed to have been born in the Hari Dynasty, of which Yadavas were a subsection. Jain sastras further go to elaborate that in every Tirthankar's era, there have been a Balarama, Narayan, and Prati-Narayan. Krishna is named in that list as a Narayan. This shows that even Jains have recorded the significance of Vishnu's relation to Krishna. In the Jain Ramayana, Laksman is referred to as Narayan-Vishnu.
- Rishabha (Urukrama)
- Bala Rama
Names of Vishnu
- Vishnu Sahasranama (Thousand Names of Vishnu)
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