'Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior' will feature more than 125 objects that will explore the many personae and legends of Vishnu, his entourage and his accoutrements, as well as the diverse traditions of worship that have celebrated him. This exhibition features Indian sculpture, paintings, textiles and ritual objects that range in date from the fourth century C.E. to the twentieth century. Vishnu, one of the most important gods in Hinduism, is said to be responsible for maintaining balance in the universe -- something he often does by assuming new forms, known as avatars. In these new forms, Vishnu descends to earth to fight the forces of chaos. A few of Vishnu's avatars, most notably Rama and Krishna, have developed devoted followings in their own right.
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