Narayana is a Hindu creator god, mentioned in epic and Puranic texts. He is semi-synonymous with Vishnu, but specifically describing the embodiment of the “abode of man.” The deity is said to have sucked his toe while sailing the primordial ocean on a banana leaf, until his own inspiration created the world. He is often depicted as supported by the bird god Garuda. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 178