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As a noun, a devotee, or devotees of Viṣṇu (also referred to as Vaiṣṇavites), of whom the two most numerous groups are worshippers of Kṛṣṇa and Rāma, classically regarded as avatāras of Viṣṇu. Vaiṣṇavas can sometimes be distinguished by their sectarian mark (tilaka), a figure curved upward like the letter U from the meeting point of the eyebrows, with a vertical red line between its arms. As an adjective, anything relating, belonging, or sacred to Viṣṇu. See Vaiṣṇavism.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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