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[vahysh-nuh-vuh] /ˈvaɪʃ nə və/
noun, Hinduism.
a Bhakti sect devoted to Vishnu.
Related forms
Vaishnavism, noun Unabridged
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  • Being Saivites, they do not generally care for Vaishnava temples.

  • He is very fond of Vaishnava Sankirtana which he held now and then in his house.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • But when we read the Vaishnava poems, these thoughts do not occur.

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • The first three volumes contain poems inspired by the Vaishnava cult which is the special heritage of Bengal.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • But providentially the light of Vaishnava Philosophy came to dispel this atheistic gloom from his mind.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • The Vaishnava Sembadavans burn, and the Saivites bury their dead in a sitting posture.

  • Bearing that invincible Vaishnava energy in thyself, slay thou, O great king, that Daitya of fierce prowess.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
  • The name of that sacrifice worthy of virtuous persons, is Vaishnava.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
  • On the other hand he had an equal fondness for our older Bengali authors and Vaishnava Poets.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • From the old Vaishnava songs down to those of Nidhu Babu she has displayed her charms from the background.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for Vaishnava


(Hinduism) a member of a sect devoted to the cult of Vishnu, strongly anti-Brahminic and antipriestly in outlook and stressing devotion through image worship and simple ritual
Derived Forms
Vaishnavism, noun
Word Origin
from Sanskrit vaisnava of Vishnu
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