Questions tagged [avatars]

avatara (Sanskrit: avataranam) means "the decent of Supreme Being on earth for the ascent of man"), means ‘descent’, and usually implies a deliberate descent of the Divine into the mortal realms to reveal the Absolute Truth to humanity and remind them of their true divine nature.

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What are the castes of avatars of Lords Shiva and Vishnu? [closed]

There are many avatars of both lords, Shiva and Vishnu. So, what are the Earthly Castes of avatars of Lords Shiva and Vishnu? Avatars of Vishnu such as: Rama, Krishna. Avatars of Shiva such as: ...
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What scriptures describe Hiranyaksha mining the Earth?

Most people only know the story of the demon Hiranyaksha putting the Earth in the Garbhodska ocean, after which Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha the boar killed Hiranyaksha and rescued the Earth. But page ...
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Is the term avatar unique to Hinduism?

Is the term avatar unique to Hinduism? Alterntively it is used as a general term to mean different concepts?
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Where is it mentioned that Hanuman is an Avatar of Lord Shiva? [duplicate]

Is it true that "Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar" is a medieval suggestion? Where is it mentioned that Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar? I ask about: whether "Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar" is a ...
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Is there any incarnation of Indra as per Rig Veda?

From Puranas, we will come across incarnations of Vishnu, Shiva, etc. I would like to know whether the Vedic God Indra took any incarnations, as per Rig Veda or commentaries on Rig Veda?
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Which Incarnation of Vishnu faced a lot of difficulties?

Which Incarnation(probably among Dashavatar) of Vishnu had thoughest life, had to face a strong opponent, had to face a lot of challenges.
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Did Agni take incarnation among men as per Rig Veda II.4.2?

Rig Veda II.4 is dedicated to Agni. RV II.4.2 says as follows: इमं विधन्तो अपां सधस्थे दवितादधुर्भ्र्गवो विक्ष्वायोः | एष विश्वान्यभ्यस्तु भूमा देवानामग्निररतिर्जीराश्वः || Translation of H.H. ...
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Was Rama Avatar of Vishnu or Brahm?

I always read and listened that Rama was avatar of Vishnu, But I was listening to RamCharitManas katha by Shri Prembhushan Maharaj.During the katha he said , according to Puranas Rama was avatar of ...
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Is there any reincarnation of Ma Saraswati?

Does any reference of Ma Sarswati being reincarnated as another Devi? Ancient Sharada Peeth in Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir is one of the oldest surviving temples of Saraswati. Is there any other temple ...
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Are there any instances where god and his consort incarnated as siblings in Vaivasvata-manvantara?

SB 4.1 states that Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi incarnated as siblings Yajña and Dakṣiṇā. They were actually children of Ruchi and Akuti. But, Svāyambhuva Manu brought home Yajña, and Ruci, his son-...
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When are we going to see the last Kalki avatar? [duplicate]

Is it not the right time to have Kalki avatar for Vishnu now? If not, when he may appear? If so, in which shape? Today in this modern world, even if someone says that i am Kalki avatar, nobody ...
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Why didn't Mohini recognise Rahu while distributing Amrita?

During Samudra Manthana, Amrita was distributed to Devas by Mohini, who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. However, the demon Rahu gets to drink Amrita by deceit. Surya and Chandra recognise Rahu and alert ...
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Avatars of past manvantara [duplicate]

Is there any mention on Vishnu Avatars that took birth on earth in the past Manvantara?
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Did Lord Vishnu have any avatar in other parts of world as well?

People believe Krishna was God. And it's not a fiction, it was reality. So when it's reality, we must admit he saw whole world by same eyes. And he is/was Dharma. He is/was everything. Personally I ...
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Who will be target of Kalki?

By seeing today's world scenario, who do you think, will be target of Kalki. Because even today, we can see the different people having different paths. Is there, any reference, who will be actually ...
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Primary weapon of kalki

Many of the avatars of Vishnu that has happened, who were supposed to kill someone or destroy something has some kind of primary weapons. Though they all can use various kinds of weapons, but had one ...
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Which texts mention Patanjali other than Yoga Sutras? Which scriptures mention that Patanjali is an incarnation of Shesha?

Do texts besides Yoga Sutras mention Patanjali? In which Shruti and Smriti text Patanjali is mentioned as an incarnation of Shesha?
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Avatars of Garuda

Whenever Lord Vishnu descended on earth in human form, all demigods like Indra,Vayu, Surya, Adi Shesha and others also came along with Him. When Lord Vishnu took Ramavatara, Adi Shesha was born as His ...
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Does Valmiki Ramayana or Vyasa Mahabharata or Srimad Baghavatham contain the names of ten incarnations(dashavatharas only)?

Do any one of the following scriptures contain the ten incarnations (dashavathara only) of Vishnu? Valmiki Ramayana Vyasa Mahabharata Srimad Baghavatham
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In which purana is vamana's boon that bali would be indra in next manvantara is mentioned

In which purana is vamanas's boon that bali would be indra in next manvantara is mentioned? Savarni=White? I've realised that vamanas's boon has been turned true, describes America's (Bali's patala) ...
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When avatar concept got introduced in Hinduism?

Vedas do not talk about avatars. When and why this concept got introduced in Hinduism?
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What does three steps of Vamana avataar symbolize?

I very well understand the story of Bali and Vamana but as a common man I would like to understand what exactly does three steps of Vamana (Vishnu avataar) symbolize?
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Where can I find a reference to all the avatars of Mahadev? [duplicate]

I came to know from a friend that the lord Mahadev had 11 Maha-avatars like Piplad, Veer-bhadra, Grihpati etc,. Can anyone help me out that from where can I get information about all of them? Thanks....
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Is there any avatar supposed to be born between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki?

I am curious if an avatar between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki is supposed to be born no matter of what god we are talking, no matter if its an incarnation of Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, ...
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What was the reason of birth of chaitanya mahaprabhu? [duplicate]

What was the reason of birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu being an avatar of god he was not able to create huge impact on the world instead almost negligible people in the world today know him whereas ...
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Goddess Kaali as Shri Krishna

It is widely known that Lord Sri Krishna is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Yet recently I came across a story where it is said that Goddess Kaali incarnated as Lord Sri Krishna. Is this mentioned in ...
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Where can I find Sahasranama Stotrams of Sri RamaKrishna, Shirdi Sai and Satya Sai Baba?

We have three major avatars in Kali yuga till now. Sri RamaKrishna paramahans, Sri Shirdi Sai and Sri Satya Sai baba. Where can I get their sahasranama stotrams? In addition to Sanskrit an English ...
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Were there any incarnations of Lord Shiva? [duplicate]

I heard that Hanumaan and Ashwathama were incarnations of lord Shiva. What were the other forms of Him?
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What is the name of Vishnu incarnation who performed the Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Kalyanam?

From the story of Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, we infer that Lord Kallazhagar, a form of Lord Vishnu, did not attend the marriage. But we are told that Lord Vishnu gave away Meenakshi Amman during the ...
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Matsya Avatar in Satya Yuga?

Matsya avatar came at the end of caksusa manavantara as discussed in this answer. I see it mentioned online by many that Matsya avatar came in the satya yuga. However, I am yet to see any puranic ...
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Is Krishna the only avatar among dashavatara who had more than one wife?

Is it true that Krishna is the only avatar who was married to more than one woman?
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Which scriptures discuss purusha avatars?

This article lists 6 categories of avatars one of them being Purusha Avatar: Purusha avataras Lila avataras Guna avataras Manvantara avataras Yuga avataras Shaktyavesha avataras ...
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Does Shiva have avataras? [duplicate]

Since Shiva resides in Kailasa (which is on Earth I think), does he have avataras? For example, is his test of Arjuna, where he blesses him with the Pasupata-astra considered an avatara?
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Does the Skanda Purana accept Rama as the full incarnation of Vishnu?

Consider the following statement by Vyasa in Skanda Purana Formerly, at the advent of Treta, the lotus-eyed Rama, a partial incarnation of Visnu was born in the Solar race, as a scion of the family ...
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What is the difference between Avatar(Incarnation) and Punarjanma(Rebirth)?

What is the difference between Avatar(Incarnation) and Punarjanma(Rebirth)? Does the first only apply for Swarg Lok and the second apply only for Mrutyu Lok? I mean Avatar happens only with Gods/...
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Does any scripture proclaim Shirdi Sai to be an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya?

I have heard many people claiming that shirdi sai baba was an incarnation of Dattatreya and thus is an Hindu God.Is there any reference in scriptures regarding shirdi sai baba being an incarnation of ...
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Do incarnations of Vishnu age?

Do avatars remain young or become old? Are there any descriptions of Rama , Krishna or any other avatar when they become old(aging process) and unable to walk etc.. Or is it that they complete their ...
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What are the 10 Vishnu incarnations of Devi Lalitha? [duplicate]

I heard that from the finger nails of devi, 10 incarnations of Vishnu originated. Is it true? If yes, what are the 10 incarnations and from which finger nail which incarnations have come?
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When will Lord Kalki appear and where is Shambal? [duplicate]

When will Kalki avatar reveal himself and where is Shambal?
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Were all human avataras of God Kshatriya or Brahmin?

The animal avataras like fish,tortoise wouldn't have caste - but how about the human avataras?
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Did Vishnu ever appear as two purnavatharas at same time?

It is evident from scriptures that multiple ansavatharas of Vishnu existed at same time may or may not be along with his purnavathar. But did Vishnu ever appear as two or more purnavatharas at the ...
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Who are the red complexioned and yellow complexioned avataras mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam?

Gargamuni, while naming Krishna, mentions that there are four types of complexions incarnations have: शुक्लरक्तस्तथा पीत इदानीं कृष्णतां गतः। The while coloured one could be the Hari who was ...
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Are there any verses which say Vishnu is source of all avatars?

I read answers about Krishna and Rama as source of all avatars on this site. Are there any verses that support Vishnu as source of all avatars? Since there are different Vishnus and such complexity in ...
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What exactly are incarnations according to Sri Vaishnavism?

Sri Vaishnavism believes that Vishnu is source of all incarnations, including Krishna and Rama. They consider Krishna to be purna avatar(complete incarnation). My question is how do they view bodies ...
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How to know if someone is a Deva or an incarnation of a Deva?

How to know if someone is a Deva or an incarnation of a Deva? Do Hindu scriptures talk about how to determine whether someone who claims he is a god or avatar of a god, is actually one?
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In which yuga was lord Dattatreya born? [duplicate]

In which yuga was Dattatreya born? Was it Dwapara yuga or Kali yuga?
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How was the succession sequence of the Sudarshana Chakra among the avatars of Vishnu?

I know that the Sudarshana Chakra is one of the most powerful weapons in Hinduism, just as I know that it is associated with Vishnu along with being the weapon that he used the most. But I want to ...
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What is Vishnu's body made of according to Vaishnavism and Advaita?

What is Vishnu's body made up of? What are the bodies made of when he incarnates as Rama, Krishna, Narasimha? Is Vishnu soul or the body? When he incarnates does he enter other avatars bodies? I want ...
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Are there any temples for Mohini avatar?

We see many temples of Lord Vishnu, Rama, Krishna, Narasimha. Also temples for Varaha, Kurma, Hayagriva etc.. Are there any temples for Mohini avatar? Also, which avatars don't have temples and why?
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On what basis is Krishna claimed to be source of Vishnu?

It is a well accepted view that Vishnu is source of all avatars including Krishna. This is what we all heard from childhood. I also came across the opposite opinion that Krishna is source of Vishnu. ...

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