Vaishnavism - A Branch of Hinduism

image showing Lord Vishnu with Goddess Laxami
Vaishnavism is a branch of Hinduism or Hindu religion. for the Vaishavites, Vishnu is the chief object of worship and devotion as supreme being. the very initial step in the evolution of Vaisnavism was the identification of Vasudeva with Vedic deity Vishnu. Later, Vasudeva Krishna - Vishnu with Narayan - was identified in the same process of evolusion of Vaishnavism.

the earliest evidence of identificantion of Narayana with Vishnu is found in Dharama Sutra written by Badarayana. A key feature of Vaisnavism was the worship of Avatara (incarnations) of Vishnu; and Hindus believe in incarnations even today.

The Matsya Purana lists a total of 10 avatars (incarnations). According to Matsya Purana, Vishnu came as a savior in different avatars:

Vishnu's ten Avatars and the purposes of their arrival on Earth are as mentioned below:
  1. Matsya (Fish): To save Earth when our mother planet was overwhelmed by floods.
  2. Kurma (Tortoise): To help in the sea manthan. 
  3. Varaha (Boar): To kill the demon Hiranyakashya and to raoise Earth on tusk.
  4. Vamana (Dwarf): Measured the whole universe with just three steps.
  5. Narasimha (Half Man & Half Lion): To save Prahalada and to kill Hiranyakashibh.
  6. Parsurama (Rama with Axe): To kill Kshatriyas.
  7. Rama (Prince of Ayodhya): To kill Ravana, the king of Shri Lanka.
  8. Balaram (Brother of Krishna).
  9. Krishna: To Kill Kansa.
  10. Kalki: The predicted tenth incarnation/avatar of Vishnu. He is yet to come.
2/28/2016
Vaishnavism - A Branch of Hinduism
image showing Lord Vishnu with Goddess Laxami
Vaishnavism is a branch of Hinduism or Hindu religion. for the Vaishavites, Vishnu is the chief object of worship and devotion as supreme being. the very initial step in the evolution of Vaisnavism was the identification of Vasudeva with Vedic deity Vishnu. Later, Vasudeva Krishna - Vishnu with Narayan - was identified in the same process of evolusion of Vaishnavism.

the earliest evidence of identificantion of Narayana with Vishnu is found in Dharama Sutra written by Badarayana. A key feature of Vaisnavism was the worship of Avatara (incarnations) of Vishnu; and Hindus believe in incarnations even today.

The Matsya Purana lists a total of 10 avatars (incarnations). According to Matsya Purana, Vishnu came as a savior in different avatars:

Vishnu's ten Avatars and the purposes of their arrival on Earth are as mentioned below:
  1. Matsya (Fish): To save Earth when our mother planet was overwhelmed by floods.
  2. Kurma (Tortoise): To help in the sea manthan. 
  3. Varaha (Boar): To kill the demon Hiranyakashya and to raoise Earth on tusk.
  4. Vamana (Dwarf): Measured the whole universe with just three steps.
  5. Narasimha (Half Man & Half Lion): To save Prahalada and to kill Hiranyakashibh.
  6. Parsurama (Rama with Axe): To kill Kshatriyas.
  7. Rama (Prince of Ayodhya): To kill Ravana, the king of Shri Lanka.
  8. Balaram (Brother of Krishna).
  9. Krishna: To Kill Kansa.
  10. Kalki: The predicted tenth incarnation/avatar of Vishnu. He is yet to come.