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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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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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Is Kalki an avatar of Vishnu?

Is Kalki an avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu or Siva? Is he a purn-avatar (full incarnation) or ansa-avatar (partial incarnation)? I'm in doubt because persons in Mahabharata like Ashwathama, Samba ...
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Did Lord Rama Take Birth in Chaturbhuja Form?

When Lord Vishnu took human avataras like Vamana and Krishna, He appeared in chaturbhuja form holding chakra, shankha, gada and padma along with all ornaments and Shrivatsa mark on His chest. This ...
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During which period Vishnu incarnated as Matsya to save vedas? [duplicate]

Lord Vishnu took matsya avatar during the end of 6th Manu and saved Vaivaswata from pralaya. But there's also a story of Vishnu taking Matsya avatar to save vedas. When did that happen? Is there a ...
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If Vyasa is Vishnu's Incarnation, Will Ashvatthama who's the next Vyasa, will he be considered as Vishnu's Incarnation?

As per the respective shloka, from Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram:- व्यासाय विष्णुरूपाय व्यासरूपाय विष्णवे । Which means vyasa is vishnu's form and vice-versa. But If veda-vyasa is a title given ...
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Which scriptures mention the Garbhodakshayi and Karanodakshayi forms of Lord Vishnu?

I have heard of different forms of Lord Vishnu such as the Garbhodakshayi, Karanodkashayi and Kshirdakashayi forms. I want to know which all Puranas or Vedic scriptures mention these three? EDIT: ...
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What's the story of Bhasmasura in which Lord Vishnu came as a Brahmin and Mohini?

I came across two different avatars of Vishnu for killing Bhasmasura while reading about Lord Shiva and lord Vishnu. In one tale Vishnu came as Brahmin to deceive Bhasmasura and in another he came as ...
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What was the previous life of lord Krishna? [duplicate]

I've heard little accounts of Shri Krishna's past life, such as - he was Shri Rama in his past life. I recently heard he could have been Lakshmana (Rama's brother), in the previous incarnation too. ...
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Did our scriptures mention any avatar that Parabrahma has taken?

We know Lord Vishnu's avatars and we mostly have knowledge of different forms of deities and their leela. But does our scriptures have any accounts of avatars of Parabrahma?
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How do Spiritual Masters,Yogis Avatars and Demons transcend the veil of death and appear in the here and now?

Do Spiritual Masters, Yogis, Avatars and Demons of the past transcend the veil of death and appear in the here and now of this phenomenal world and if so how do they do it and where have they come ...
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What separates the Avatar from Atman and Paramatman

As the Avatar is seen or has been seen in his physical or ethereal body, both without and within. What separates him from Atman and Paramatman ?
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Has Lord Krishna ever reincarnated or appeared in his ethereal body in this phenomenal world?

Since Krishna's death has he ever reincarnated or appeared in his ethereal body in this phenomenal world? Have there been any recorded sightings or visitations. I am not asking about other Vishnu ...
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Sita- Avatar of Lakshmi goddess or next birth of a pious woman?

In Ramayana, I have read somewhere that Sita is Avatar of a pious women who was a devotee of God Vishnu in previous birth. Please let me know the related sloka from Ramayana?
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Why God is not coming to finish the PAAPIS any more?

In old days (according to Hindu scriptures), India was like the second home of God. Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh all were coming so quickly. If there would be any wrong doers they come to India (born in ...
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In Mahabharat who were Dhitrashtra & Pandu incarnations of? [duplicate]

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions which gods and demons incarnated on earth at the time of Mahabharat giving details about even obscure kings. Curiously enough it does not mention anything ...
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Can Vishnu's multiple avatars exist at the same time on earth?

I thought Vishnu takes an avatar to remove adharma from our planet yet two avatars of Vishnu can exist at the same time on earth? Why is there a need for two avatars at the same time? Parashu Rama and ...
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Significance of weapons in Vishnu's Chaturvyuha avatars

I read somewhere that the combination of weapons in the four hands of Vishnu's chaturvyuha avatars results in 4 factorial or 24 combinations of Vishnu's tattvas but what do each of these signify?
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Is Sai Baba an incarnation? If so, of Shiva, Vishnu or Rama?

Some people say Sai Baba is an avatar of Shiva while others say it's either Vishnu or Rama. What is the official position (if any) on this? Does Sai Satcharitra mention anything about this?
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Reason for no female incarnations without accompanying male gods?

Almost all the incarnations of female goddesses such as Sita, Rukmini, and Satya etc., have an accompanying male gods Rama, Krishna etc., There are many male avatars such as Matsya, Kurma, Vamana, ...
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In which kalpa of Bramha life span did Vishnu avatar happened [duplicate]

We are very certain that Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and other Avatars took place. But the question remains is why are we not able to clearly find the traces of these? Is it that their incarnations were ...
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How do gods decide when to incarnate and when to assume a human form bypassing the birthing process?

In both Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, we see Indra taking a human form during what appears to be emergency situations. When Indra wants to rob Gautama off of his ascetic power he suddenly decides to take ...
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Which scripture was first to identify Buddha as an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Some puranas identify Buddha with Vishnu among them which is the oldest reference?
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The Oracle said that the eighth son of Devaki would kill Kansa, then why did he kill seven sons?

If only the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudev was to kill Kansa, why did Kansa kill the first seven sons?
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Was Ramakrishna Paramhansa an avatar of Vishnu? [duplicate]

I have heard Swami Vivekananda quoting that Ramakrishna was verily an avatar. I was initially agnostic about it, but now I am totally convinced. If possible please add Shastric references for avatar ...