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It is said creatures have different number of kalas, but avataras have more kalas than others. The number goes until 16 for a complete avatar (like Sri Krishna). Also the quantity doesn't mean "better", because all avataras are same God taking differents bodies.

I found 2 diferent list for these 16 kalas, on here:

  1. Daya – Compassion
  2. Dharjya – Patience
  3. Kshama – Forgiveness
  4. Nyaya – Justice
  5. Nirapeksha – Impartiality
  6. Niraskata – Detachment
  7. Tapasya – Meditation and Spiritual Powers
  8. Aparchitta – Invincibility
  9. Danasheel – Beneficience, Bestower of all wealth in the world and nature.
  10. Saundarjyamaya – Beauty Incarnate
  11. Nrityajna – Best of Dancers
  12. Sangitajna – Best of Singers
  13. Neetibadi – Embodiment of Honesty
  14. Satyabadi – Truth Itself
  15. Sarvagnata – Perfect master of all arts, such as poetry, drama, painting etc.
  16. Sarvaniyanta – Controller of All

and this other

  1. Annamaya
  2. Pranamaya
  3. Manomaya
  4. Vigyanamaya
  5. Anandamaya
  6. Atishayini
  7. Viparinabhini
  8. Sankramini
  9. Prabhavi
  10. Kunthini
  11. Vikasini
  12. Maryadini
  13. Sanhaladini
  14. Ahladini
  15. Paripurna
  16. Swarupavasthita

Here in this answer it is very well explained different kinds of avataras

amśa, amśāmśa, āveśa, kalā, pūrṇa and paripūrṇatama (or paripūrṇa)

but now I'm asking about 16 kalas

marked as duplicate by Paṇḍyā Feb 22 '18 at 12:13

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