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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is there a separate religion for Buddha, if Buddha is a Hindu god?

This is not a duplicate of Is Buddha an avatar of Lord Vishnu? I am posting totally different question below. From www.sanatansociety.org: In Hinduism, Buddha is regarded as the ninth incarnation ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Who is Jatukarnya the officiating priest for Vyasa?

This excerpt from the Matsya Puran mentions a certain rishi Jatukarnya as the priest designated for Vedvyas incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The same list has been shared in a different question. For a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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In which section of the Brahmanda Purana, is the advent of Swaminarayan supposedly predicted?

Some members of the Swaminarayan sect often quote the following verse supposedly from the Brahmanda Purana to prove Sahajanand Swami (more commonly known as Swaminarayan) to be an incarnation of Sri ...
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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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Which scriptures talk about avataras and kalas? [duplicate]

It is said creatures have different number of kalas, but avataras have more kalas than others. The number goes until 16 for a complete avatar (like Sri Krishna). Also the quantity doesn't mean "better"...
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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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What is the correct procedure to chant Narasimha 32 letters maha mantra?

The correct Narasimha maha mantra with 32 letters is: उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखं । नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहं ।। Please note that a screenshot from Nrisimha Tapani ...
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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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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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Which scripture talks about avatara of Srimad VallabhAcharya?

It is believed that the propagator of shuddha advaita pushti marga, Sri Vallabha was born as a fruit of 100 somayAgas done by his ancestors. Is there any scripture or biography which supports him ...
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Reconcilling Vedas with existence of Rama, Krishna and related questions

I've read Satyarth Prakash and my religious notions held for decades were shaken. I need to know answers to the following questions. If Vedas say God is unborn formless, how were Rama and Krishna ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...