Explained: Who Can Defeat Lord Vishnu?
Last Updated on February 1, 2023
Have you ever wondered who can defeat Lord Vishnu? Well, this question popped up in my head today and I started to research. Anyways, if you want to know who can defeat or kill Lord Vishnu then here’s the answer.
There’s no one who can kill Lord Vishnu than Lord Vishnu himself because he is the supreme. Yes, nobody can kill Lord Vishnu because he existed before his existence.
However, there are ways by which Lord Vishnu can be defeated which are discussed by the end of this post.
There’s an instance when Ugrasrava Sauti sang a hymn about Lord Vishnu which was first sung by Sage Markandeya, which talks about the glories of the all pervading Supreme Lord Vishnu. And he said,
“What will Death do to me, I ask while kneeling before Narayana, the original being also known as HrishiKesha. What can Death do to me now that I have placed myself under the protection of Keshav, the omnipresent, ageless, immortal god with the lotus eyes? What will Death do unto me?
I seek shelter in the God who is the shape of the visible cosmos and who can only be recognised by the inner sense. What can Death do to me when I have sought the shelter of Vishnu’s boar, dwarf, and Nrishinha incarnations, as well as the compassion of Madhava and Janardana? I’m throwing myself on the mercy of the universe’s overlord.
What can Death do to me now that I have given myself over to the care of the Supreme Self, the soul of all living things, the one who is made visible in the form of the universe, the one who, without being conceived in a woman’s womb, is nonetheless incarnated through the merit of a religious sacrifice?”Garuda Puran
See, the simple thing here is that the one who borns dies. As you and I came into existence after the process of procreation and that’s why our death is destined to happen. In the same way, Lord Rama, Shri Krishna, and other several Avatars or the Supreme Lord Vishnu died because of the sole law of nature.
However, that’s not the case with Lord Vishnu. He did not come into existence as he is in existence. He was never born and that’s the reason why he’ll never die. He is immortal and that is why no one can ever defeat or even kill Lord Vishnu.
After all, who would dare to harm someone whose praises are so great that even death shies away? Who could dare hurt the Parabrahma Shriman Narayan, the unborn, unimaginable spirit of the universe? To my knowledge, no one can.
There Are Only 3 Ways One Can Defeat Lord Vishnu:
- It is stated that only a devotee, through their boundless love and devotional service, can bring Lord Vishnu to his knees. He is only defeated by your love and not in a way that he perishes away but in a very metaphorical way.
- Or, by atoning and acquiring a blessing, one may overcome the almighty Lord Vishnu in his purest essence.
- Or, if he wills to get defeated.
For people who wonder, why Lord Vishnu will get according to his own will, then you can understand this by the story mentioned in Shiva Purana. The story goes like this:
Lord Vishnu faced defeat at the hands of Virabhadra, sent forth by a grief-stricken Lord Shiva after the self-sacrifice of Goddess Sati. Despite having made a vow to protect Daksha, Lord Vishnu willingly lost the battle to allow Virabhadra to fulfill his mission of destroying Daksha’s yajna and taking his life.
So pray to the supreme being and show your love towards the Lord and he’ll be yours.
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