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The Earliest Mention of Viṣṇu in the Ṛgveda

The rgvedic Viṣṇu is usually considered to be a minor god since only a single hymn is addressed exclusively to him (ṚV. 1.154) and only five others depict him (ṚV. 1.155, 156; 6.69; 7.99, 1…

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Couture, André, “Viṣṇu”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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