By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Vaisnavi, VaiSNavi, Vaishnavi
Vaiṣṇavi is listed among the Saptamātṛkās. She is the śakti of Lord Viṣṇu. In the Durgāsaptaśatī she is described as an emanation, one of the seven of Durgā. She is identical in form with Viṣṇu. She is dark in complexion and wears yellow silken robes and a vanamālā also. She has four hands holding:
Sometimes she is shown with six hands, the last two showing the gestures of abhaya and varada. She also holds śankh gada and padma. Sometimes she is shown with six hands. She rides on the Garuḍa, the famous vulture-mount of Viṣṇu.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore