Vaijayanti

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vaijayanti literally means ‘that which conquers the enemies’.

The Vaijayanti or Vaijayanta is the name of the flower-garland adorning Viṣṇu’s neck. It is symbolical of the five sukṣmabhutas.[1] Lord Viṣṇu being the creator and sustainer of this world even the subtle elements out of which he creates are like a garland or an ornament for him. The Kṛṣṇopaniṣad[2] mentions Vaijayanti as representing the element wind. The word may also indicate the flag of a king who conquers others.


References

  1. Sukṣmabhutas means the subtle elements.
  2. Kṛṣṇopaniṣad 22
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore