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Vaishnava

[vahysh-nuh-vuh]
noun Hinduism.
  1. a Bhakti sect devoted to Vishnu.
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Related formsVaish·na·vism, noun
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Historical Examples of vaishnava

  • Being Saivites, they do not generally care for Vaishnava temples.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for vaishnava

Vaishnava

noun
  1. 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
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Derived FormsVaishnavism, noun

Word Origin for Vaishnava

from Sanskrit vaisnava of Vishnu
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