[ vahysh-nuh-vuh ]
/ ˈvaɪʃ nə və /

noun Hinduism.

a Bhakti sect devoted to Vishnu.

Related forms

Vaish·na·vism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈvɪʃnəvə) /


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 for Vaishnava

from Sanskrit vaisnava of Vishnu
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