By major, I mean Vedas and related Shruti, Upanishads, the two epics, and Mahapuranas.


Vishvakshena is mentioned in some Puranas aa given below:

Shrimad Bhagavata, Canto 12, Chapter 11, Verse 20

  1. The goddess of fortune, Sri, who never leaves the Lord’s side, appears with Him in this world as the representation of His internal potency. Visvaksena, the chief among His personal associates, is known to be the personification of the Pancaratra and other tantras. And the Lord’s eight doorkeepers, headed by Nanda, are His mystic perfections, beginning with anima.

Garuda Purana, Brihaspati Sanhita: Chapter 126

Then having worshipped the deities, beauty, growth and Garuda, he should worship the guardian deities of the different quarters of the heaven and the god Brahma, above, and the god Ananta, below. After that, the god Vishvaksena should be worshipped at the north-east angle of the Mandalam.

Devi Bhagavata Purana, Book 8, Chapter 14

He manifesting His Śuddha Sattva and super-extraordinary powers, and united with Aṇimā, Laghimā, etc., the eight Siddhis, is reigning there surrounded by His Pāriśadas Viṣvaksena and others. He is the one God of all; He is without a second. For the welfare of all, He is holding Sudarśana and His various other weapons; and the powers of His arms are great.


Yes, Vishvaksena is mentioned as one of the names of Vishnu in the Mahabharata Vishnu sahasra nAma (1000 names of Vishnu)

sarvagah sarva vid bhAnur vishwakseno janArdhanaH | vedo vedavidhavyango vedAngo vedavith kaviH ||

Edit: According to Sri Shankara, Vishnu is called Vishvaksena because he routs the armies of the daityas on all sides.

Translation: 123 सर्वगः sarvagah All-pervading 124 सर्वविद्भानुः sarvavid-bhaanuh All-knowing and effulgent 125 विष्वक्सेनः vishvaksenah He against whom no army can stand 126 जनार्दनः janaardanah He who gives joy to good people 127 वेदः vedah He who is the Vedas 128 वेदविद् vedavid The knower of the Vedas 129 अव्यंगः avyangah Without imperfections 130 वेदांगः vedaangah He whose limbs are the Vedas 131 वेदविद् vedavit He who contemplates upon the Vedas 132 कविः kavih The seer

  • Great find @Lazy Lubber – S K Feb 2 '19 at 15:12
  • Please add translation also. – Krishna Shweta Feb 2 '19 at 16:00
  • @SK I thought you wanted major scripture and not Vishnu Sahasranama? – Ikshvaku Feb 2 '19 at 16:01
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    @Ikshvaku He mentioned epics in the list of scriptures. Vishnu sahasranama is from Mahabharata. – user16581 Feb 2 '19 at 16:08
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    @Krishna Translation depends on the school of philosophy. Two commentaries that I know of are available. One supposedly by Sri Shankara (dont know if it is Adi Shankara) and other by Sri Parashara Bhatta. Each commentator sometimes gives different meanings for same name, so providing a translation is tricky. Please refer to the commentaries. – user16581 Feb 2 '19 at 16:14

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