I once saw an image of Lord Vishnu wearing a sacred thread which Brahmin's wear on their body. Does this mean that Lord Vishnu is a Brahmin?

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    All deities have yagnopaveetam including, Vishnu, Siva, Brahma, Garuda, Indra, Varuna, Vinayaka, Kartikeya and all the host of gods.
    – user808
    Nov 21, 2015 at 11:09
  • Well it may be slightly off topic but the Upanayanam of Lord Vamana is described in detail in the Bhagavatam. And generally in the scriptures. And since Vamana is an important avatara of our age, many references to Vishnu are actually about Vamana.
    – Surya
    Nov 22, 2015 at 16:13
  • No, Lord Vishnu is beyond the castes.And the Yajnopaveetham can be wore by the people of the first three varnas.(Brahmins,Kshatriyas,and Vaishyas) Since the lord Brahman himself is originated from the Vishnu, it symbolizes the brahmajnanam that is inherited from Vishnu. Jan 5, 2016 at 10:13

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Yagnopavit or sacred thread is worn by dwijas (Brahmins , Kshatriya, Vaishya) not just Brahmins.

यज्ञोपवितम् परमम् पवित्रम् प्रजापतेर्यत् सहजं पुरस्तात्

आयुष्यमग्रं प्रतिमुन्चशुभ्रम् यज्ञोपवितम् बलम्स्तु तेज​:॥

yajñopavitam paramam pavitram prajāpateryat sahajaṃ purastāt

āyuṣyamagraṃ pratimuncaśubhram yajñopavitam balamstu teja​:॥

Put on the sacred thread, the supreme purifier, which was born along with Brahma long ago, which bestows long life, preeminence, and purity may the sacred thread bestow strength and light.

It is compulsory for every dwija to wear it to perform duties to relieve a human from the 3 maharin or debts.

Shri Hari Vishnu is not a brahmin, he is above the caste or whatsoever is in this samsara or worldly things. He is supreme bramhan himself and he wears and does all the things in order to popularize the same things in front of his bhaktas. It is something like a fashion has to be popularized by a icon so Shri Hari does it and he says 'follow me if you want moksha', so he wears all these things so that we are benefited by doing what he does or in other words performing our duties and become nivritaa or free from debts.

Please note that emulating Shri Hari doesn't mean that you should have 3 wives or wear all those ornaments and think Goddess Devi Laxmi is your consort (she was and will be your mother forever) or consider yourself god but it just means do what he does, be humble like him, don't do anything out of excitement (i.e., take his sattva, don't just copy like a copycat but understand the meaning of everything and if you really wanna follow, follow Shri Rama as he is the ideal maryada purushottam avatar).

For more information see Who can wear Yajnopavita/Janeu/Sacred-Thread

  • You should cite sources for the claim that Vishnu wears a sacred thread in order to set an example for his devotees. (I think that it's probably correct, but you should try to find a scriptural basis for it.) By the way, Hinduism doesn't say anything against polygamy; Rama's Ekapatni vrata was highly unusual in his time, and it was supererogatory. Nov 21, 2015 at 18:48
  • @KeshavSrinivasan Polygamy is allowed in all Varnas or only for Kshatriyas?
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 22, 2015 at 8:29
  • I think polygamy is practised only by Brahmins and Kshatriyas, because if you see all the people of Vrindavana were singly married.
    – Surya
    Nov 22, 2015 at 14:20
  • @AnilKumar Brahmins were certainly allowed to take multiple wives.. By the way, the Manu Smriti says that subsequent wives after your first are allowed to be of progressively lower castes (whereas your first wife is always supposed to be of equal caste). The Anushasana Parva says that if a Brahmin has four wives from the four castes, when he dies his property should be split in the proportion 40% - 30% - 20% -10% from highest caste to lowest: sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b012.htm Nov 22, 2015 at 15:12
  • @Surya The Anushasana Parva chapter I linked to says that Vaishyas are only supposed to take one wife, but that some Vaishyas ignore that and take a second wife from the fourth caste, in which case the property is supposed to be split 80% - 20%. Nov 22, 2015 at 15:17

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