I remember the story of this particular statue, the one with many hands. He held fire in one of his left hands and rain in his right, ready to destroy the land because of the ignorance brought on by the people of the land. And when the people understood the error of their ways, the Vishnu would clear out the fire with rain to give them all another chance.
Every one of these statues represented a feeling, religion, or some spiritual aspect of the human mind. I imagined all of the people from this land with different cultures and experiences; my perspective was deepened and it felt good.