By Swami Harshananda
Vaijayanti literally means ‘that which conquers the enemies’.
The Vaijayanti or Vaijayanta is the name of the flower-garland adorning Viṣṇu’s neck. It is symbolical of the five sukṣmabhutas. Lord Viṣṇu being the creator and sustainer of this world even the subtle elements out of which he creates are like a garland or an ornament for him. The Kṛṣṇopaniṣad mentions Vaijayanti as representing the element wind. The word may also indicate the flag of a king who conquers others.
- Sukṣmabhutas means the subtle elements.
- Kṛṣṇopaniṣad 22
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore