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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 Jesus an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Here and there, I heard that Jesus is an avatar of Lord Vishnu (or even a reincarnation of Krishna). Is this true?
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Are there any temples for Matsya, Kurma, and Varaha avatars?

Are there any temples for the following three avatars of Vishnu? Matsya Kurma Varaha If yes, please share some information about some popular temples for them.
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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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Is Gautama Buddha an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Some Hindus believe that the Gautama Buddha is one of the Dashavatara; others replace him with Balarama (and sometimes other figures, but mostly Balarama). Which groups of Hindus believe that the ...
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What is the story of Nara and Narayana's brothers Hari and Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, twin brother of the sage Nara and son of Yama god of death. Nara and Narayana ...
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What were the previous births of the characters of Mahabharata?

There is a very interesting story about Karna being an Asura named as Dambhodbhava. Quora: Who was Karna in his previous birth?. Arjuna-Krishna being Nara-Narayana kids, who fought with Dambhodbhava. ...
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Why isn't Parashurama worshipped like the other Vishnu Avatars?

Vishnu Avatars like Rama and Krishna get worshipped in all main regions of India. But why doesn't Parashurama get worshipped that much? Is there some reason for it? Parashurama is the longest-serving ...
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Why Jesus Isu Christ, Guru Nanak, Buddha and Muhammad should not be considered as Lord Vishnu's avatars? [closed]

As usual in general weekends I was reading Shrimad Bhagawat Gita yesterday night, in which verses were, Chapter 9 Verse 29 Smoham Sarvabhuteshu Means I am equally disposed to all living ...
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When will the Kalki avatar be born?

Kalki avataar is the avatar of lord Vishnu. It is said that Kalki Avatar will born in Kaliyug. Is there any specific date or time which describes Kalki's birth?
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Why does each incarnation of Vishnu need an “officiating priest”?

This chapter of the Matsya Purana enumerates various incarnations that Vishnu has taken during the course of the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). But along with each incarnation, ...
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Why do Gods take avatar?

In the Ramayana, Shri Ram was an avatar of Vishnu; in the Gita or Mahabharata, Shri Krishna was an avatar of Vishnu. Everything they did in human form, they were perfectly able to do it in their ...
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What is the story of Kalki (tenth avatar of God Vishnu)?

I have heard that in Kalki avatar, God Vishnu will marry Goddess Vaishnav devi as promised(The promise event occurs when God Vishnu were in Ram avatar and returning to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile)....
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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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Do the same avatars repeat in each chaturyuga?

The Manache Shlok in Marathi mentions that Ramayana happens once in a Kalpa. मना कल्पना कल्पिता कल्प कोटी| नव्हे रे नव्हे सर्वथा रामभेटी|| मना कामना राम नाही जयाला| अति आदरे प्रीती नाही तयाला|| ...
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Partial and full incarnations: When divine beings incarnate on earth, do they continue to exist in their original abode?

I am having confusion that, whenever divine beings incarnate on earth, do they also continue to exist in their original abode? Let us take the example of Narayana, the supreme god. It is said that ...
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What are the Avatarams of Vishnu described in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana?

In the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, after Rama kills Ravana and rescues his wife Sita, he tells Sita to walk through fire to (to others) prove that she is still faithful to him. She walks through ...
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Why did Lord Shiva fight with Lord Vishnu?

What were the reason(s) behind the fight between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu? I think the Harivamsa Parva of the Mahabharata narrates this incident. The story goes like this: Mahadev makes Goddess ...
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Why all Avatar's and Grantha's references happened only in India and not elsewhere?

This is more merely an outside question. Many have a conscious feeling that why all Devas, Avataras and incidents written on our text books are confined to Indian Mediterranean, mostly North region of ...
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During his lifetime, did Rama know that he was a God?

Was Rama aware that he is an avatar of Vishnu (during his lifetime) and acted as normal or he just tried to be good human being?
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Why did Lord Shiva take 44 avatars if his primary role is to be the destroyer?

Lord Maha Vishnu is the protector of whole universe and he said that he will take avatars whenever there is degradation of righteousness on this planet. Famous dashavatars are the avatars of Lord ...
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Who is the Samaveda-singing Brahmin incarnation of Vishnu prophesied in the Skanda Purana?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Were there any incarnations of Lord Brahma?

We hear a lot about incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and other Gods, but were there any incarnations of Lord Bramha too?
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Why is Mohini not one of the Dashavatara of lord Vishnu?

Dashavatara refers to the ten Avatars of lord Vishnu, which are : Matsya Kurma Varaha Narasimha Vamana Parashurama Rama Krishna Buddha Kalki But apart from the above, lord Vishnu has one more Avatar ...
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Anshavatar and Purnavatar - are there different types of avatars?

Are there different types of avatars: anshavatar (partial incarnation), purnavatar (complete incarnation) etc.? One of my friends told me sage Bharadwaja and Parashurama were anshavatars of Vishnu ...
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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 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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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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How was lord Dattatreya born?

Lord Dattatreya is supposed to be the form of the trinity gods born on Earth and I saw that he has three faces, each of which resembles one god of the trinity (i.e lord Shiva, lord Vishnu, and lord ...
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How do the scriptures describe some of the key features of Avataras?

We know that Hindu scriptures contain many stories about Avataras (or incarnations). Lord Vishnu's 10 incarnations (Dashavatara) are well-known, for example. Few questions on Avataras are given below:...
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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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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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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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Is there any hierarchy for Devi's incarnations?

In this question's answer, the hierarchies of Lord Vishnu's incarnations are listed. Is there a similar hierarchy for Devi's incarnations? If yes, what is that hierarchy?
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What is the worshipping place of Hayagriva mentioned in Yuddha Kanda?

One of the famous incidents from the Ramayana is Hanuman bringing the herbal mountain containing Sanjivani herbs. His journey towards the Himalayas is described in the Yuddha Kanda Sarga 74. He sees ...
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Can a god have an Avatar of an Avatar?

I am a Vaishnav and hence I worship Shrinathji. It is said that Shrinathji is an avatar of Lord Krishna but again, Lord Krishna is an avatar of Lord Vishnu so is it possible that gods can take avatars ...
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How did Lord Dattatreya acquire the knowledge of Yoga?

Is there any story about how Lord Dattatreya acquired the knowledge of Yoga?
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What is the purpose of Venkateshwar incarnation?

Generally, Gods incarnate for some specific reasons like, destruction of some evil forces, to enlighten people with knowledge, establish dharma, etc. We have seen the same in case of most of Lord ...
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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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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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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu indeed say Mahavishnu was an incarnation of Krishna?

Any proof in the Chaitanya Charitamrita that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says Mahavishnu is an incarnation of Krishna? Apologies to anyone offended by my question.
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Do Vedas talk about avataras?

Do the Vedas talk directly about avataras? Are there any direct references in main Vedic texts? Note: kindly limit the references to samhita, brahmanas, aranyaka and 10 upanishads.
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How is avatara different from realized souls?

Swami Vivekananda has said that avataras are always different from ordinary gurus even if they have attained the highest state. Complete Works/Volume 5/Questions and Answers: Q.—Cannot the ...
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What scriptures describe Parashurama as an Avesha Avatara of Vishnu?

Most people only about how Vishnu's Avataras or incarnations are classified into two categories: Purna Avataras who have all six Kalyana Gunas of Vishnu, and Amsha Avataras who only have some of his ...
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Is Lord Bhairava same as Lord Shiva, or are they a little different? Is Bhairava a part incarnation or complete Shiva?

Like there is no difference in Vishnu, Krishna, Raama, NriSimha and other manifestation. But sometime Bhairavanatha appears a little different from Lord Shiva, as if He is a part incarnation of Lord ...
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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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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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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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Adi buddha and Gautama buddha, Which one is the real avatar of Lord vishnu?

Many sites claim that there were Two buddhas and both were different. It is said that Adi buddha was the real avatar of lord vishnu. Gautama buddha was only a enlightened one but not an avatar of lord ...
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Were any of Vishnu's avatars (besides Kalki) foretold in advance?

The coming of Lord Vishnu's 10th and final avatar, Kalki, has been long foretold (see this answer for detail). I am curious as to whether any other avatars were similarly foretold in advance. If so, ...
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What is the purpose of Balarama's avatara?

Lord Vishnu, through his avatars, teaches us how to live. I was wondering what is the purpose of Krishna's elder brother Balarama. Also, it seems very odd from the other avatars of Vishnu, because ...