I have heard many people saying Lord Ram is Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna is Purna Purshottam.

Could any one please tell me why is it so. and what is the difference between Maryada Purshottam and Purna Purshottam

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    rAma is also vigrahavAn dharmaH. The 1st few ramayana slokas list the enormous number of divine qualities of rama. Why he is maryada purushottam while Krishna is referred to as purna purusha has to do with the avataras' visesha (particularity) and purpose. Rama's avatara was to lead by example in the path of dharma. Dharma has boundaries at every stage and every aspect of life- conduct(how to be),action (what to do), speech (what to say and how to speak) etc. Since everything that rama did and said adhered to these maryadAs(rules) that are supreme for humans, he is a maryada purushottama. 1/2 – user1195 Jun 19 '17 at 15:06
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    Krishna did not confine himself to the limitations of a human life. He demonstrated his divine nature and capabilities unhesitatingly and in all their glory. Krishna's avatara visesha is the fullness of divinity. Hence he is purna purusha. This is not to say that Krishna did not respect dharma. He did. But his observance of dharma is an underlying thread and superhuman feats are the highlight. 2/2 – user1195 Jun 19 '17 at 15:10
  • @moonstar2001 Thank you for answering my question. I got it about Lord Ram but could u please give more information on Lord Krishna as purna purshottam. – Praveen Gaikwad Jun 23 '17 at 3:02
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    The Supreme is said to have 16 kalas. There is a theory that Rama was born with 12 kalas and the remaining 4 were lakshmana,bharata,satrughna & parasurama. Krishna OTOH descended with all 16.So Krishna is purna.This is not to say Rama was incomplete. His remaining kalas existed outside his form.Lakshmana, several times tells Rama that he is his "bahirprANa"(Rama's life-force that resides outside Rama's body). Bhagavatam extolls Krishna as "bhagavAn swayam" which is another testament that Krishna displayed all the glory of the supreme. Pl let me know if you want further elaboration. – user1195 Jun 27 '17 at 16:36
  • @moonstar2001 If you have more elaboration I would like to have it. – Praveen Gaikwad Jun 28 '17 at 3:09

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