Vishnu is one of the great Gods of the Hindu tradition. He is known in the Vedas and comes to be famous as the Lord who pervades the entire universe. He is Supreme but wholly auspicious, only occasionally displaying the dark side that is embraced by Shiva. Through his divine “descents” or avataras, Vishnu rescues the world again and again from the rise of powerful counter-forces sometimes called demons. Krishna is the most widely worshipped of the avataras, assuming the role of Supreme Lord as well. Vishnu also has many specific localized manifestations, such as Sri Venkateshvara at Tirupati or Padmanabhaswamy in Trivandrum.