Like human form as a blue skinned deity . Having four arms , and very beautiful form. Does Lord vishnu really look like this , or is this metaphor ? metaphor as in 4 arms means omnipotence of Brahman in four directions and beautiful form means brahman is "beautiful" ? but brahman is formless.

  • Are you looking for symbolism? or this would be opinion based question. – Pandya Dec 16 '18 at 16:39
  • I am curious . why do our deities have human forms ? do they really look like that ? or are they formless forces that drive the universe ?? – Curious Dec 16 '18 at 17:04
  • Take a look at some questions tagged with symbolism. For instance What is the significance of the weapons/Elements held by the Lord Vishnu? is related. – Pandya Dec 16 '18 at 17:07
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    Realized souls have described and seen God in this form. As humans we can only imagine God in a human form. If dogs could imagine God they would see a dog God. Cats would see a cat God. We are limited by our own minds. Realize God, and you will find out. – Swami Vishwananda Dec 17 '18 at 12:04

Yes, Lord Vishnu looks exactly like how he is described. One who has progressed well in meditation gets Darshan of Gods. Swami Sivananda had shed some light on the experiences one gets.

Meditation / Experiences in Meditation / Jyotirmaya Darshan:

When you advance in meditation you can see your Ishta Devata in physical form. Lord Vishnu will give you Darshan with four hands; Lord Krishna will appear before you with flute in His hands; Rama with bow and arrow in his hands; Lord Siva with trident and Damaru.

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  • Dont deities have their spiritual form? If some deity has a form, it has to be physical? – Parabrahman Jyoti Dec 17 '18 at 11:11

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