There are 3 major divinities in the Hindu philosophy and religion – and one of them is blue: Vishnu, the god of love and preservation.

Anything Blue review – Vishnu, the Blue God of Hinduism

Along with a rich mythology comprising of many divinities, fantastic spirits and heroic characters, the oldest religion in the world has three main gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

The three Hindu gods complete each other and co-manage the rules of life and death. To sum it up, while Brahma is the great creator of the universe and Shiva is the great destroyer representing change, Vishnu is the great protector who restores balance.

Associated with light and the sun, Vishnu is often represented in blue, with four arms.

His feet are worshiped. As the legend goes, he took three steps across the earth, sky and heaven (see the picture below from the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition ‘Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior’ in 2011).

‘Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior’, 2011 Exhibition @Brooklyn Museum - Anything Blue

‘Vishnupada (Vishnu’s feet). Northern India or Pakistan, circa 500. Lapis lazuli, 2 x 4 3/8 x 3 3/4 in. (5.1 x 11.1 x 9.5 cm). Collection of Anthony d’Offay. Photo: Courtesy of John Eskenazi Ltd ‘Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior’, 2011 Exhibition @Brooklyn Museum

The blue god is also represented riding the king of bird Garuda or standing next to his female consort Lakshmi.

Lakshmi is not represented with blue skin, but Vishnu often appears in the Hindu mythologies under the disguise of avatars, also represented in blue, such as Rama (hero of the Ramayana) and Krishna (hero of the Bhagavad Gita – two sacred texts in the Hindu philosophy).

Why is Vishnu blue?

Why are Vishnu, Rama and Krishna represented or depicted with blue skin?

First explanation: in Sanskrit, words for dark, black and blue overlap, so blue could be a poetic form to depict Vishnu’s dark skin (nīla (नील), śyāma (श्याम), kāla (काल) and kṛṣṇa (कृष्ण) – note that it also overlaps with green, as in many Asian languages).

But in this case, why are the other gods depicted in a different colour?

It leaves us with another theory, of blue as a spiritual meaning. According to Isha Yoga Founder Jaggi Vasudev (also known as Sadhguru), Vishnu and his avatar Krishna are represented blue for they had a blue aura, a blue-tinted energy, or in other words: an irresistible charm.

‘Sadhguru: Blue is the color of all-inclusiveness. You will see in the existence, anything that is vast and beyond your perception generally tends to be blue, whether it is the ocean or the sky.’

Why is Vishnu blue - Anything Blue

Krishna’s magic flute and blue skin


‘Because his energy or the outermost ring of his aura was blue, he was simply irresistibly attractive […]. It is the blueness of one’s aura which suddenly makes a person irresistibly attractive.

This blueness, this sense of all-inclusiveness in him was such that even people who were sworn enemies of his sat with him and unwittingly gave in to him. He was able to effortlessly turn around even people who abused and plotted to kill him any number of times. There are various other aspects to him but this blue nature constantly assisted him in everything that he did. […]’

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Isha Sadhguru, why is Krishna blue?

Featured image: vishnu & lakshmi @DeviantArt