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What are the exact ten avatars of Vishnu?

I know that there are many avatars of Vishnu but some say that the famous Dashavatar include lord Buddha (Wiki) and some say as Balarama (hinduism.about.com). but Mohini avatar is not considered as ...
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What exactly is the basis/reason behind calling Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths/mythology

Many people (specially left-leaning) like to call Hindu epic books such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths. So my question is what is the exact reason for the use of this word myth or mythology ...
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Did Lord Rama exile Maa Sita?

Is it true that Lord Rama exiled Maa Sita even after she passed the Agni Pariksha? For an overview, Maa Sita was captured by Ravan, and later, Lord Rama fought with an army of monkeys with Ravan's ...
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Different Ramayanas

I have heard different tales of Ramayana while travelling to different parts of India. The basic story remains the same but slight differences do exist. What really concerns me is the way Ravan ...
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What happened to the Vanara Sena who had died in the Ramayana war?

What happened to the Vanara Sena after the Ramayana? describes about the vanaras who had returned from the war with their lives. But What happened to those Vanara Sena who had died in the war, who ...
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Why does the Rig Veda call Vishnu a mountain-roaming bull?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani I provided in my answer here, Book 1 Hymn 154 of the Rig Veda is addressed to Vishnu. Here is one of the verses from that hymn: Let the hymn lift itself as ...
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Who is Narayana among the Sadhyas?

Most people only know about the Vishnu Sahasranamam, the famous hymn of the thousand names of Vishnu. But the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, the same Parva which contains the Vishnu ...
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Does the Narayanastra weapon of Vishnu summon the Rudras?

The Drona Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Drona's son Ashwatthama, desperate to avenge his father's death, launched the Narayanastra, the illustrious weapon of Vishnu. The Narayanastra wreaked ...
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Which of Shiva's Rudras was Kripacharya an incarnation of?

As I discuss in this answer, the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes exactly who incarnated as each of the major characters in the Mahabharata. Concerning Kripacharya, guru of the Pandavas and ...
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What does a Rig Veda verse about Usha have to do with the 100-year Yagna of the Sadhyas?

In this excerpt from the Panchavimsha Brahmana of the Sama Veda, aka the Tandya Mahabrahmana, the performance of a 100-year Yagna is described. It says that this Yagna was once performed by the ...
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What is yugāvatāra?

Is yugāvatāra a well-defined term in the scriptures or just a pet name assigned by devotees to their Ishta-deva (worshipable deity) whom they consider to be the most important for that yuga? Are they ...
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Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Muhammad, Mahavir, Sai Baba - Vishnu avatars? [duplicate]

Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Muhammad, Mahavir, Sai Baba - are all these avatars of Lord Vishnu? If yes, then Lord Vishnu should have more than 10 avatars and what is the timeline for all of them?