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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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Do scriptures mention about Srimad Madhvacharya being an avatar of Lord Vayu?

It is believed by his followers that Srimad Ananda Teertha (a.k.a Madhvacharya) was the third incarnation of Vayu (MukhyaprAna), the previous two were: Hanuman (Treta yuga) Bheema Sena (Dwapara yuga) ...
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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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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? I've realised that vamanas's boon has been turned true, describes America's (Bali's patala) rise from past ...
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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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Which Alwars mention the gods whom they're incarnations of?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Who are the 24 avataras of Lord Vishnu according to the Srimad Bhagavatam?

Most people think that Vishnu has only 10 avataras. However, the Srimad Bhagavatam says Vishnu incarnated 24 times. So who are the 24 avataras of Lord Vishnu?
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What is the story of Sharaba?

I found most of our religious books speak about Lord Vishnu's avatars and there are much fewer books that I know of about Lord Shiva. If Lord Vishnu has 10 avatars then how many avatars do Lord Shiva ...
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Puranic reference for “Krishna is a tiny part of Lord Vishnu”

Some consider Krishna to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu but others worship him as the supreme godhead. I read once in Vishnu Purana that Krishna is 'a very tiny part of Lord Vishnu.' Does anyone know ...
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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 Balarama an Avatar of Vishnu or Adiseshan (or both)?

Balarama is traditionally considered to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu by those who do not consider Buddha to be one. However, I have also frequently heard that He is an avatar of Adiseshan, the multi-...
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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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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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Under what circumstances god take an incarnation?

Under what circumstances god take an incarnation? How does GOD decide that this the time for his incarnation. Like if we consider Sai Baba: people consider him incarnation of Lord Shiva or Lord ...
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Where is this story of death of a Hindu avatar found?

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 ...
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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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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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What scriptures discuss Ghandaberunda, the bird beast created by Narasimha?

The coat of arms of the Indian state of Karnataka depicts a strange two-headed bird: This creature comes from certain versions of the story of Narasimha, the man-lion avataram (incarnation) of Vishnu. ...
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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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Why only Lord Vishnu incarnates on earth?

It is said that there are 3 supreme lords i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. But from all 3 why only 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and not others?
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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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Which scripture mentions Lord Parshurama was born on Akshaya Tritiya?

The Drikpanchang says that Parshuram Jayanti falls on Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of Vaishakha also known as Akshay Tritiya. It is believed that Parashurama was born during Pradosh Kala and ...
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Why did Lord Chaitanya appear on earth?

Why did Lord Chaitanya appear on earth? Is he a Vishnu Avatar?
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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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Who is Govindaraja and how is he related to Venkateshwara?

Tirupati is most commonly associated with the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. But there is another Vishnu temple in Tirupati, the Govindaraja Swami Temple. (This isn't the only ...
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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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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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How Sattva Guna Lord Vishnu killed Demons or evil people in his incarnations?

Lord Vishnu is associated with Sattva Guna. Sattva Guna means purity and good. How sattva guna dominated Vishnu were able to Kill Rakshasa such as Ravana and Kamsa? Does Only Vishnu have Sattva Guna ...
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What is chronological timeline (in Manvantara and Mahayuga) of Lord Vishnu incarnations?

Please tell me chronological timeline (in Manvantara and Mahayuga) of Lord Vishnu's various incarnations.
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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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Madhusudana Saraswati on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Madhusudhan Saraswati, the author of the famous work, Advaitasiddhi was a Vaishnava belonging to the Shankarite sect. A great devotee of Shri Krishna, he is said to have been initially against Advaita ...
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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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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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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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What was the purpose of Vishnu's incarnation as Rama's ancestor Mandhata?

Most people only know about Vishnu's incarnation Rama, who was a king of the solar dynasty. But many generations before Rama, Vishnu incarnated as another solar dynasty king, known as Mandhata (AKA ...
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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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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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Are there any scriptures that portray Lord Rama to be the source of all incarnations including Lord Vishnu?

There are many verses in the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana which are used by Krishna-centric Vaishnava traditions to show that Lord Krishna is the source of all incarnations, ...
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Did Lord Buddha really not believe in God and the Vedas? If so, why?

I am going to be completely open here in hopes to get the right answer. I am always kind of... full of dread when I hear about such big saints and sages like Lord Buddha did not believe in God and ...
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What are all the Vishnu avatar from current Mahayuga according to scriptures? [duplicate]

It is said that not every Vishnu Avatar comes in every Mahayuga, as somebody told me in chat that Rama avatar didn't come in current Mahayuga. So I wanted to know which are the Vishnu avatar from the ...
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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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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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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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Which incarnations of Vishnu has different skin colors?

Here is the verse of Bhagavata purana where Garga explains the colors of body of Vishnu in different incarnations. Your son Kṛṣṇa appears as an incarnation in every millennium. In the past, He ...
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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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Why does the Bhagavata Purana say Vyasa incarnated before Rama?

Bhagavatam describes supreme personality of godhead incarnated as Vyasa before Rama: SB 1.3.21 Thereafter, in the seventeenth incarnation of Godhead, Śrī Vyāsadeva appeared in the womb of ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Hari, who rescued the elephant Gajendra?

One of the most famous stories of Vishnu is the Gajendra Moksham episode, described the Eighth Skanda of the Srimad Bhagavatam. For those who don't know, once a king named Indradyumna, who was a ...
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Where is it written that Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu?

Many websites claim Ramakrishna Paramahamsa to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu by giving the following story: Nearly 150 years ago, a pious Brahmin named Kshudiram Chattopadhyaya lived there(...