Definition of Vaishnava in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvīSHnəvə/ /ˈvaɪʃnəvə/


  • A member of one of the main branches of modern Hinduism, devoted to the worship of the god Vishnu as the supreme being, especially in his incarnation as Krishna.

    ‘Although Vaishnavas don't usually praise other gurus, I feel this is appropriate, since His Holiness was not an ordinary being.’
    Compare with Saiva
    • ‘Without tapa or inner repentance, the soul cannot live as a Vaishnava.’
    • ‘From the Vaishnavas come the legends and mythology of Krishna, to whom are ascribed the popular Ras and Garba folk dances.’
    • ‘A Vaishnava in his early life, he became a worshipper of brahm and condemned the caste system.’
    • ‘It is one of the important places of pilgrimage for Vaishnavas.’


From Sanskrit vaiṣṇava.