nAraNa_n, the tamil word for nArAyaNa (was: Vishnu)

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann reimann at UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU
Fri Dec 15 22:03:06 UTC 2000

At 12:25 PM 12/13/2000 +0000, N. Ganesan wrote:

>Are there any shlokams from
>Sanskrit texts where Narayana is said to be white?

It is very common in Sanskrit texts to associate NArAyaNa's color with the
different yugas. He is white in KRta and black in Kali. The obvious
implication is that white is the best color and black the worst.
See the MahAbhArata, 3.148.16, 23, 26, 33 and 3.187.31. This is also stated
by BhAsa at the very the beginning of his BAlacarita (where it is said that
NArAyaNa's body was the color of milk or conch in the KRta Yuga
-zaGkha-kSIra-vapus). This idea is then repeated in later PurANas.


Luis Gonzalez-Reimann
University of California, Berkeley

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