According to the dictionary meaning, a 'Vaishnava' is necessarily a 'Worshipper of Vishnu'.

वैष्णव a. (-वी f.) [विष्णुर्देवतास्य तस्येदं वा अण्] 1 Relating to Viṣṇu; गां गतस्य तव धाम वैष्णवम् R.11.85. -2 Worshipping Viṣṇu. -वः 1 One of the three important modern Hindu sects, the other two being Śaiva and Śākta sects

I have found some people brand Sri Vishnu' as a 'Demi-God' while calling themselves 'Vaishnavas'! Reference : http://www.krishna.com/info/demigods

What is the position of Lord Vishnu in the different 'Vaishnava' sects?

  • This is a 'fundamental' question and so may get many downvotes.
    – user17294
    Apr 21, 2019 at 7:43
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    At your reputation, downvotes should hardly be your concern :)
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    Apr 21, 2019 at 8:30
  • What are the qualities of a true Vaishnava? may be useful.
    – Pandya
    Apr 21, 2019 at 12:59
  • @commonman now question sounds better. Apr 21, 2019 at 13:24

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Two things here

There is a sect of Hinduism who considers Krishna to be supreme brahman (godhead) based on SrimadBhagavatha's krishnastu bhagavan swayam. So the three moortis i.e., Brahma, Vishnu and Mahaeshwara merely work under the orders of Krishna. This is clearly expressed in the article and demigod also essentially mean the same.

However, these people also differentiate the trimoorthi vishnu with MahaVishnu who is none other than Krishna himself. They do believe in MahaVishnu so they are Vaishnavas.

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    So they must be 'Mahavaishnavas' instead of 'Vaishnavas' as per your logic!
    – user17294
    Apr 21, 2019 at 8:52
  • @Abhijith Does this Maha-Vishnu corresponds to the Narayan from the Puratan Nar-Narayan. As I have read various references where Arjun-Krishna are said to be the Nar-Narayan, and even Bramha puts them in highest regards.
    – V.Aggarwal
    Apr 21, 2019 at 9:30
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    You have to cite some references for your answer.
    – user16581
    Apr 21, 2019 at 10:50
  • Quoting Adi Shankaracharya commentary on Sri Vishnu Sashranamam. kascha ashcha eeshwarashcha vibhutayaha keshavaha meaning Brahma, Vishnu and Eshwara are vibhuti of Keshava. Apr 28, 2019 at 21:14
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