Ruler of the Hindu Gods, god of heaven and creation
Citizen of Nirvana
The general populace of earth is unaware of Vishnu except as a mythological
deity. He is well known in India.
Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha
(mortal avatars), Wisnu (Balinese name)
Prajapati (possible father, possibly deceased), Gaea
(mother, alias Ammavaru), Brahma, Shiva
(wife), Parvati, Sarasvati, Ganga, Yamuna (sisters-in-law), Padma (daughter),
Kama (son), Ratri (daughter-in-law), Jambavati (son by Ganga), Himavat
(father-in-law), Mena (mother-in-law), Ganehsa, Skanda, Dharma (nephews), Kali
The Hindu gods, The Trimurti (Ruling Council of the Hindu gods), The
Vaikuntha in the dimension of Nirvana
(historical) Marvel Classic Comics #23: The Moonstone; (modern) Thor I #300
Vishnu is a member of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Daevas, a
race of beings who worshipped as gods by the people of Ancient India. His exact
origins are unknown, but according to ancient Dravidian myth, he is the son of
the ancient earth-goddess, Ammavaru, who may be the primeval earth-goddess Gaea.
(According to myth, she laid a great egg from which sprang Vishnu, Brahma and
Shiva. Vishnu and his brothers used the top of the egg to create the sky and the
bottom half the earth itself.) In the Vedic pantheon, Gaea was known as Aditi,
the earth mother, and progenitor of the Adityas, the Vedic Gods. Vishnu was
worshipped as a very minor sun god in the Vedic Pantheon.
his youth, Vishnu was a close friend of the Vedic thunder-god, Indra,
but their friendship became estranged after Indra slew Vritra, a Naga, who was
preventing rain to fall on Earth. Since
Vritra and his family were allies of the gods against their demonic enemies
known as the Rakshasas. Indra was punished when the gods agreed among themselves
to sacrifice Airavata, his elephant-mount, that it's immortal life force could
be used to return Shiva's son, Ganehsa, to life after the young god had
accidentally been slain. (According to later myth, Airavata's head was given to
replace that of Ganehsa's.)
Rakshasas apparently used this incident to force their ruler, Ravanna,
into godhood and place all the Vedic gods into subservient and menial roles with
Vishnu becoming a mere steward. Ravanna, however, was given the choice by Brahma
to either live through seven lives as a friend of Vishnu or through three lives
as an enemy of Vishnu. Ravanna chose the first option in order to return to
heaven faster. Vishnu meanwhile separated his life force from his physical body
and sent his soul through several animal and mortal forms named avatars, mortal
beings containing aspects of his godly essence and soul. While in each form, he
chipped away at Ravanna's power and extent of influence until it was at its
lowest point and the gods could retake their proper places in the universe. In
his first avatar, he took the form of Matsya the fish and warned the mortal
sage, Manu Satyavrata, to save himself and his family in a boat against an
upcoming flood unleashed by Ravanna. In this incarnation, Ravanna had been born
as Hiranya-kasipu, Ruler of the Rakshasas, who had caused the flood. In his
second avatar, Vishnu became Kurma the tortoise and dove to the bottom of the
ocean to rescue amrita, the foodstuff that bestowed the gods their immortality.
In his third form as Varaha the boar-god, he carried a clod of earth above the
waters to mystically restore the earth after the flood.
eventually sought a boon from Brahma for immortality to protect his life. The
extent of this spell was that neither man nor beast could kill Hiranya-kasipu
during the day or night either indoors or outdoors. Vishnu was reborn as
Narasimha, the lion-god. Hiranya-kasipu persecuted his son, Prahlada, for being
a follower of Vishnu, and as he attempted to slay him, Narasimha appeared and
slew him by dragging into a doorway at twilight. Narasimha was successful in
killing Hiranya-kasipu because he was neither man nor animal and had killed him
in a doorway neither inside or out and at a time that was day or night.
was later born as Vamana the dwarf god during the reign of Rakshasas King Bali,
Prahlada’s grandson. Vamana was the son of Kasyapa and Aditi, the
mother-goddess. In order to reclaim earth for the Devas, Vamana approached Bali
during a sacrifice realizing he was oath bound to honor any wishes made during
the sacrificial ritual. Bali reacted in opposition to the advice of his guru,
who had discovered that Vamana was Vishnu in disguise. He foolishly consented to
Vamana’s seemingly humble desire to claim all land he could claim within three
strides. After being granted this wish, Vamana lifted his foot and suddenly grew
in size to gigantic proportions and with his giant size increased the size of
his strides. With one step he claimed the earth and with his second step he
regained the heavens. His third step was upon Bali’s head, thus giving the
Devas ownership of earth and heaven.
his sixth avatar, Vishnu was reborn sometime in the 11th Century BC
as Parashurama, the son of the mortal Jamadagni, a Brahmin. Parashurama became a
great warrior who warred for twenty-one years to destroy the Kshatriya
warrior-clan who had stolen the sacred cow, Kamadhenu, given to Jamadagni by the
thunder-god Indra. He had one attribute that he never killed any married
Kshatriya who was married, refusing to leave any woman a widow. Thus, two of the
most important Kshatriya dynasties were spared, that of King Dasaratha of
Ayodhya and King Janaka of Mithilda.
his seventh and most important avatar, Vishnu was born as the hero Rama (Ramachandra),
son of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya in the Tenth Century BC. The ideal character of
the Hindu people, Rama was to be the heir to the throne of Ayodhya and his
father decided to abdicate in his favor, but his step-mother, Kaikeya, exiles
him instead in favor of her son, Bharat. Rama accepted the exile willingly,
taking his brother, Lakshman, and his wife, Sita (the goddess Lakshmi
in a mortal avatar) with him. Saddened by this turn of results, Dasaratha dies
and Bharat asks Rama to return, but he has grown content with his meager
existence. By now, Ravanna had been reborn once more as the king of the island
of Ceylon. He kidnaps Sita and carries her back to Ceylon. Rama and his brothers
obtain the help of King Sugriva and General Hanuman of the monkey-gods to invade
Ceylon. Ravanna’s brother, Bibhashan, defects to fight on behalf of Rama who
slays Ravanna and returns home to Ayodhya to rule as king. Unfortunately, the
people cannot honor Sita for having lived among the Rakshasas even against her
will and Rama reluctantly sends her away, his sons, Kusa and Lava, born in
exile. Eventually, his sons return to Ayodhya and tell the passionate story of
their parent’s life to Rama. He is so moved by their story that he and his
followers allow Sita to return.
his eighth avatar, Vishnu is born as the hero Krishna, son of King Vasudeva and
Queen Devaki of Ayodhya in the 7th Century BC. In this form, he is
the most beloved and most worshipped of the gods of India. Devaki was either the
half-brother or cousin of Kamsa, the son of one of the Rakshasas. Kansa had
heard a prophecy that he would be killed by a son of Devaki and had killed all
her sons, but she saved Krishna by giving him to Nanda and Yasoda, a poor
childless couple. Krishna was raised as a cow-herder, but he used his divine
nature to slay many demons and monsters. He fell in love with Radha, his
foster-sister, but he had several wives and lovers. He slew Kamsa as predicted
and gained his place of nobility on the throne of Ayodhya by helping the
Pandavas tribes to defeat their enemies, the Kauravas, with the help of Arjuna,
the mortal son of Indra. After death, the body of Krishna was used to restore
the god, Kama, to life after being slain by Shiva.
his eight avatar, Vishnu was born as a Kshatriya prince named Siddharthra
Gautama in the kingdom of Lumbini (now part of modern Nepal) in the Late Sixth
Century BC. Deeply disillusioned by the cycles of birth, death and rebirth, he
renounced his royal life heritage to live an ascetic existence. He recognized
that all the world’s problems began with ignorance that resulted in failing to
recognize what truly leads to happiness. Determined to transcend all suffering,
he remained in meditation until he attained fulfillment and enlightenment.
Eventually, he realized that the trappings of fortune caused misery to others
and that being contented in one’s self would create contentment in others. As
he sat in blissful contentment, the god Brahma approached and bowed to him. He
begged Gautama to spread his teachings and indulge others in his preachings.
Becoming the Buddha, Gautama became the founder of the Buddhist faith.
held on to one last avatar after he departed earth; his tenth avatar, Kalki, is
meant to appear on a white horse and waving a spear to herald the destruction of
the world. He made his home on Vaikuntha, one of the cities in the heaven of
Nirvana, considered the highest plane of existence that mortals could attain.
Nirvana was connected to earth by a dimensional access point near Mount Meru,
now named Mount Everest on Earth. He was identified with Asha, one of the
Persian gods under Zorostasterism. A compassionate and beneficent deity, he had
respect and reverence for his peers in the other pantheons of gods on earth.
Around 1000 AD, Odin of the Asgardian Gods and Zeus of the gods of Olympus asked
him to meet with the heads of the other races of gods who were at were once
worshipped by mortals to discuss the threat of the Third Host of the Celestials.
Odin, Zeus and Vishnu went to confront the Third Host of the Celestials on
behalf of all the Earth’s gods. However, they had to pledge not to interfere
with the plans the Celestials had with humanity after the Celestials threatened
to seal off the gods’ interdimensional passageways connecting the gods’
dimensions with earth. As a result of this pledge, the Hindu gods had to lessen
their trafficking with earth, although certain gods like Indra and Surya have
spent times cavorting with mortals. The Fourth Host of the Celestials would
decide to spare earth from destruction. The life forces of the Asgardians were
used to animate the Destroyer to confront the Celestials, but were lost after
the destruction of the Destroyer. Vishnu had made a vow to Odin to volunteer the
required life energies to revive the Asgardians and Thor who was not present on
Asgard when the Asgardians volunteered their life-energies visited Nirvana to
obtain the required energies.
continued to meet with the other godheads as part of the Council Elite several
more times when more cosmic threats threatened the earth. On one occasion, he
sent Indra to help Thor engage Demogorge along with several other warrior gods.
They also gathered to debate the threat Thanos posed with the Infinity Gauntlet
and the return of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton as a cosmic being. After
Odin’s seeming death, Vishnu and the godheads called Thor before the Council
Elite to be tested for his worthiness to join their ranks as a replacement for
Odin, but he failed the tests which Shiva had called.
recent years, Cronus, one of the extra-dimensional race of beings known as the
Titans, escaped Tartarus and claimed Olympus, the home of the Olympian Gods, by
putting out the Promethean flame and turning the gods of Olympus into stone. He
then set his sights by claiming Nirvana by ascending Mount Mandara in the
Himalayas on earth and following its interdimensional access point into Nirvana.
In order to defeat Vishnu and the Hindu gods, he gained favor from Ravanna and
helped the Rakshasas lay siege to Nirvana, casting Vishnu and several Hindu gods
to earth. However, Wonder Woman, one of the mortal champions of the Olympian
gods, challenged Cronus by appealing to Gaea, the ancestor of all of earth’s
gods. Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma vanquished Cronus and reclaimed Nirvana to drive
out the Rakshasas.
Height: 7' 2"
Weight: 475 lbs.
In his true godly appearance, Vishnu has four arms and blue skin.
Strength Level: Vishnu possesses superhuman strength in the Class 100 range enabling him to lift (press) well over 100 tons under optimal conditions.
Known Superhuman Powers: Vishnu possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Devas or Hindu gods. Like all Devas, he is virtually immortal: he has aged at an exceptionally slow rate since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. He is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If he were somehow wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Varuna, Mitra, Brahma or Shiva or for a number of Hindu gods of equal power working together to revive him. Vishnu also possesses superhuman strength and his Deva metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Deva flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Hindu gods.)
Vishnu also has exceptional power to tap into and manipulate
the cosmic and mystical energies of the universe on an infinite scale. His exact
level of power is unknown, but his prowess has been challenged by both Brahma
and Shiva; since neither of them can agree on who is more powerful, they share
equal control over the Hindu gods, ensuring that no one is truly ascendant over
the other. Vishnu can control the weather, create fields of energy, imbue
mystical attributes in physical objects and living things and attain a level of
transcendental existence that his spirit can attain higher consciousness and
live through other lifetimes, capable of returning to his own body later without
any dire results. He can change his appearance and form, becoming Matsya the
fish, Kurma the turtle-god and even a goddess named Mohini. As Vamana the
dwarf-god, he could grown into a gigantic stature, attaining a cosmic scale that
he could virtually tread the earth without causing earthquakes or resulting in
atmospheric disasters to the biosphere of the planet. His physical stamina and endurance
is impervious to harm, enabling him to hold entire mountains on his shoulders
and support the pressure and weight of entire realms. The full range of his
mystical powers have yet to be revealed.
Abilities: Vishnu is a beneficent and eloquent deity tempered by centuries of existing in both mortal and immortal forms experiencing the heights of royalty and the underside of suffering. He is a sympathetic and intellectual deity tempered by philosophy and wisdom. As Parashurama and Rama, he was a warrior of incredible prowess, and as Krishna, he was a caring and loving monarch. As Buddha, he learned transcendental meditation to acquire a higher level of existence to attain enlightenment and self-discovery.
Vishnu carries a discus and a mace as well as a sword called Nadaka and a bow
Pets/Transportation: Vishnu tends to travel by means of two mounts, Garuda the bird god, or by Vasuki, the cobra-god, who was son of the serpent-god, Vritra. During his mortal avatar as Rama, Vasuki was reborn as Ananta from the body of Bala-Rama, brother of Krishna. He was also known as Shesha.
of Operations: Vishnu presides within the dimension of Nirvana,
considered the highest plane of existence that mortals can attain. Nirvana is
connected to earth by a dimensional access point near Mount Meru, now named
Mount Everest on Earth adjacent to nearby Mount Mandara. It is connected to a
number of other worlds such as Patala, the Hindu underworld reserved as a land
of the dead. The main land mass in Nirvana resembles Ancient India at its height
without mortal or European influence and is separated into several domains and
provinces such as Vaikunthia, Kailasa, Amaravati, Swarga and Ceylon, the home of
the monkey-gods ruled by King Sugriva. Other races of beings exist here in
addition to the Devas and Monkey-gods including the Nagas (Danavas), the ancient
serpent-gods and allies of the Devas, the Rakshasas (Daitayas) who are eternal
enemies of the gods and the Yakshas (Kravyads), Rakshasa that have degenerated
into a demonic status and who consume other beings. Other gods known to exist in
Nirvana are the Yazatas (Persian gods) and the Asuras, former Adityas who have
no power or influence in the current Hindu pantheon.
This bio includes Vishnu in the Marvel and DC Universes as well as the Marvel
Classic Comics adaptation of the Wilkie Collins detective novel, The Moonstone.
Marvel Classic Comics usually do not necessarily tie-in with the mainstream
use of the Hindu Gods and Shiva, one of the major gods of Hindu belief, and his
defeat and/or reconciliation with Thor, did not sit well with numerous
Hindu-Americans. Afterward, the Hindu gods in the Marvel Universe were reduced
to cameo roles to prevent further embarrassment or possibly offending more
religion also does not provide very much in the sense of relatives and family
ties as say Western European myth does for its deities. Hence, Vishnu's
relatives come from the Vedic description of the character. Ammavaru is a very
ancient deity from north of Madras in India who was credited with being the
mother of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.
Balinese Hinduism, Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu were three aspects of one god named
Sang Hyang Wasa, a being so great that he could not grasp a human form.
Clarifications: Vishnu is not to be confused with:
Vishnu, Victor Norman, member of the Nest, @ Marvel Team-Up Annual #1
Last updated: 02/10/12
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