As a child I heard this story about a Hindu avatar which has stayed with me as I find it very interesting.

It's regarding death of one of the Vishnu's avatar (or that of an another Hindu god). The avatar was sent to do a particular thing on earth but after doing that he becomes too indulgent in the family life of the avatar. That is he forgets he is a God and continues to live life like an ordinary man with love for his wife and family. On seeing this, the gods then send somebody to kill the avatar so to release him from worldly life and bring him back to heavens.

Can somebody please provide more details about this story as in who this avatar was and other information?

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    This story is similar to the Shiva Purana story of Lord Vishnu rescuing the apsaras from Patala but then marrying them and forgetting about the world- resulting in Rishabha avatara of Lord Shiva. – Surya Dec 6 '15 at 3:50
  • Possible duplicate or at least linked to this - hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/11826/… – Arjun Venkatraman Oct 13 '18 at 18:45
  • An Avatara does not have a physical body of panchabhutas.So the word 'death' is not used for ANY avatar. – user17294 Apr 1 at 6:30

It's Varaha avatar. See here. Swamy Vivekananda also quoted this in one of his lectures to give an example of the strength of Maya.

  • Varaha Swamy is still alive in Seshachalam Hills of Tirupati. – The Destroyer Dec 21 '15 at 16:35
  • Wikipedia seems to be divided on which of Vishnu's avatars Sharabha fought, here it is referencing Narasimha en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharabha – Arjun Venkatraman Oct 13 '18 at 18:49
  • its depend upon which purana it is from vaishnava accepts only satvika purana as reference, the other puranas are either rajasic or tamasic .. if anything contridictory to scripture in satvik or veda or upanishad is found it should resolved according to satvik, veda unpanishad not according rajasic or tamasic purana as stated by sage vyasa – Prasanna R Mar 2 at 4:00

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