What does Vishnu look like?
Vishnu is represented with a human body, often with blue coloured skin and with four arms. His hands always carry four objects in them, representing the things he is responsible for. The objects symbolise many more meanings than are presented here: • The conch: the sound this produces ‘Om’, represents the primeval sound of creation • The chakra, or discus: symbolises the mind • The lotus flower: an example of glorious existence and liberation • The mace: represents mental and physical strength Vishnu is usually represented in two positions. • Standing upright on a lotus flower with Lakshmi, his consort, close by him • Reclining on the coils of a serpent, with Lakshmi massaging his feet. They are surrounded by the Milky Ocean. Vishnu rides on the King of Birds, Garuda, who is an eagle.