Vishnu, the supreme god of the
Malla rulers, remains an essential religious figure in Nepal
today and was equated with the King of Nepal (Shah)
until recently with the fall of Nepal’s monarchy in April
2006. Viewed as a universal monarch and a king of gods, his
primary function is to maintain cosmic order in the universe.
In this sculpture, Vishnu stands majestically at attention,
holding his symbolic attributes: the mace, wheel, and conch
shell. A fourth object, the lotus, is not depicted but may have
once been held in the lower left hand. Vishnu is the object
of worship for the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism.