Vishnu is one of the gods that make up the Hindu Trinity (alongside Shiva and Brahma). Vishnu is referred to as the protector. In his divine form, he carries a conch and a wheel and rests on the coils of a serpent. Lakshmi is his wife. Vishnu agrees to incarnate as Rama in order to destroy Ravana and the other rakshasas.
Vishnu Quotes in The Ramayana
The The Ramayana quotes below are all either spoken by Vishnu or refer to Vishnu. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Ramayana published in 2006.).
4. Encounters in Exile Quotes
Rama's whole purpose of incarnation was ultimately to destroy Ravana, the chief of the asuras, abolish fear from the hearts of men and gods, and establish peace, gentleness, and justice in the world.
Vishnu Character Timeline in The Ramayana
The timeline below shows where the character Vishnu appears in The Ramayana. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Rama's Initiation
...the story of Mahabali. He explains that the ground where they're walking was once where Vishnu meditated. While Vishnu was thus engaged, Mahabali seized earth and heaven and crowned himself the... (full context)
2. The Wedding
3. Two Promises Revived
...Sugreeva speak privately, and Hanuman says that he believes that Rama is an incarnation of Vishnu and should therefore be able to defeat Vali. Further, Hanuman was told by his father... (full context)
...them. Sugreeva tells Dundubi's story. Dundubi was a monstrous buffalo-shaped demon. Dundubi had sought out Vishnu and asked for the privilege of fighting forever. Dundubi was eventually directed to Vali, and... (full context)
9. Ravana in Council
...the gods can't curse him. Ravana insists that he's not afraid of an incarnation of Vishnu since Vishnu has been defeated many times, and Ravana calls for his armies. When Vibishana... (full context)
12. Rama and Ravana in Battle
...Rama is actually divine and not just human. He thinks that Rama can't possibly be Vishnu, but resolves again to kill Rama regardless. Ravana sends more flaming weapons at Rama, but... (full context)
14. The Coronation
...that he's divine. Brahma addresses Rama and reminds him of the Trinity (Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu), and tells Rama that he's an incarnation of Vishnu. Brahma adds that Sita is also... (full context)