Vedas are the highest in the hierarchy of Sanathan dharma.

Most celebrated avatars never deny Vedas and in fact, followed and authorized Vedas.

Is there any possibility of an anti-Vedic avatar?

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    If buddha is considered avatars of Vishnu, then yes. But even Sri Vaishnava don't consider him avatar
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Dec 6, 2020 at 23:01
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    @TheLittleNaruto - who said they don't consider him as avatar ? He is Vishnu avatar. He is anti-Vedic. The reason is to mislead the demonic people from getting power by chanting Vedas.
    – mar
    Dec 6, 2020 at 23:59
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    @TheLittleNaruto - that is only as far as the dashavataram (10 avatars) is concerned - where we say Balaram instead of Buddha. However, Bhagavatam describes 24 avataras - which are all accepted by Vaishnavas e.g. Kapila avatar. Buddha is definitely an avatar of Vishnu accepted by Vaishnavas. But we don't worship him because we know his purpose (to do Veda Ninda to lead demoniac away from Vedas). Even within avatars there are categories like Parashuram, who is a Jiva with powers of Bhagavan. In fact, there are innumerable other avataras.
    – mar
    Dec 7, 2020 at 1:58
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    @ram Thanks. Just now I got the reference you told.
    – hanugm
    Dec 8, 2020 at 14:58
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    Parasuram is not jiva.. he is avataraof vishnu only @ram can you provide valid reference where it says parasuraama is jiva.. He is the 2 of the avatar who is still present in this earth in physical form. He created Kerala and Udupi just by throwing axe, He defeated Kartivirya arjuna who kept Ravana in prison singlehandedly. He taugth bheesma, Drona, kripa and karna. He is the knowledge of Bheesma which came out as vishnushashranama
    – Prasanna R
    Dec 8, 2020 at 16:37

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Buddha is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. He deluded asuras by refusing Vedas.

Then in the Kali age, the lord was born in the Kikatas as Buddha. He deluded the asuras and flouted the Vedas.

[26, Chapter 15, Brahma Kanda, Garuda Puranam]


Yes. God Vishnu took two incarnation and taught anti-Vedic philosophy.

As per Agni Purāṇa, Vishnu incarnated as Buddhism's Buddha and Jainism Tirthankara, and taught anti-Vedic (heterodox) nâstika doctrines.

Chapter 16 - Buddhādyatārakathanam, Agni Purāṇa

मोहयामास दैत्यांस्तांस्त्याजिता वेदधर्मकम् ।
ते च बौद्धा बभूवुर्हि तेभ्योन्ये वेदवर्जिताः ॥ ३ ॥
आर्हतः सोऽभवत् पश्चादार्हतानकरोत् परान् ।
एवं पाषण्डिनो जाता वेदधर्म्मादिवर्जिताः ॥ ४ ॥

  • 3 & 4. He (Vishnu) deluded those demons. Those, who had abandoned the path laid down in the Vedas, became the Bauddhas and from them others who had abandoned the Vedas. He then became the Arhat (Jaina). He then made others as Arhats. Thus the heretics came into being devoid of Vedic dharmas.

English Translation by N. Gangadharan

  • So basically this goes to say Buddhism and Jainism don’t lead to moksha?
    – Amethyst
    May 16, 2022 at 17:19
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    Well, they have their own definition of Liberation. Buddhists have Nirvana (Jivanmukti) & PariNirvana (Videhamukti), while Jains have Nirvana leading to Moksha. But, yes, certainly, as per Hinduism, based on the present Questions & Answer thread, ultimately, those two philosophies are termed anti-Vedic, so perhaps anti-conducive to Hinduism's definition of Moksha. @Amethyst
    – Vivikta
    May 17, 2022 at 16:59

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