What is the difference between Krishna’s Viraat roop and Vishwaroop in the Mahabharat?


The “Viratroopa” of Krishna is like “Viratroopa” of Lord Vamanadeva who is another incarnation of Krishna. But the universal form of Krishna is different than “Viratroopa”.

Difference between “Viratroopa” and universal form aka “Vishwaroop” of Krishna:

  1. Vishwaroop is unlimited whereas Viratroop is not.
  2. Vishwaroop was not visible to all the warriors of Kurukshetra. Only Arjuna, Hanuman, Sanjaya, Great sages, Shiva, Brahma and other demigods were able to see Vishwaroopa. Whereas Viratroop was visible to all the people in assembly of kuru.
  3. Both Vishwaroop and Virataroop depicts that Lord Krishna is the origin of all and the only Supreme God. But still the vishwaroopa is more attractive to hear.
  4. Lastly, Krishna himself said in Bg 11.48 — “O best of the Kuru warriors, no one before you has ever seen this universal form of Mine, for neither by studying the Vedas, nor by performing sacrifices, nor by charity, nor by pious activities, nor by severe penances can I be seen in this form in the material world.” Thus Krishna himself confirms that his Vishwaroopa was never seen by anyone before Arjuna. And hence the Vishwaroopa is different than Viratroopa as per Lord Krishna himself.

Hare Krishna !


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