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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 any scriptures give us any methods to worship the Mohini Avatara of Vishnu?

Do any scriptures give us any Puranik and Agamik methods to worship mohini Avatara of Vishnu. The Vaishnava Puranas, Upanishads and pancharatras provide upasana vidhis for many avataras such a Rama, ...
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Was there any avatar of Nara during Ramavatar?

It is being said that Nara and Narayan together takes birth in each Yug to establish the Dharma. During Krishna avatar, Krishna is the avatar of Narayan while Arjun is the avatar of Nara. I want to ...
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How to identify if someone is Avatara?

My Sikh friends have told me that it is in their holy books that Guru nanak was avtar of Vishnu How can we identify if this is true ? Are there certain signs to look for ? Thanks
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Why god takes birth only in India?

Why God take birth only in India (Aryavrata) ? Why not in any other place ?
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Vishnu as a Brahmin guru

Other than Parashurama and maybe Vamana is there any full incarnation of Vishnu who is a guru or guru-like form? This can be a rare form not known.
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Do Gods have to take on an avatar form or can they materialize as themselves?

This section may be skipped, but this is essentially just a background to my question. I know basically nothing about Hinduism but I am curious about learning about it. My only experience with ...
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Verification of Claims of being an incarnation

Let's get it straight, I ask for the views of the wise people here about Anukul Chandra. His devotees are somewhat hellbent on declaring him as the supreme, purushottomo. A few claims are listed below ...
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Can there be any avatar(s) of God apart from those mentioned in the scriptures

Can there be any avatar of God apart from those mentioned in the scriptures as Sri Krishna said that whenever there is a decline of Dharma he takes birth and also that there are infinite avatars. Pls ...
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Why Do all gods in hindusim who took incarnation on earth Are localised To indian subcontinent?

All gods Mentioned in hinduism, who took incarnation on earth are Localised near or inside Indian subcontinent, Why is this so?Is there any specific reason for it?Does it have something to do with ...
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How is Shiva's incarnation Lord Bhava connected to Lord Hanuman?

How is Shiva's incarnation Lord Bhava connected to Lord Hanuman ji?
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Did any deities ever incarnate as demons and plants?

Everyone know that many deities took incarnation as humans, devas and sometimes animals. But, Did any deities incarnate as demons and plants?
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Need explanation for the chronological order of the avatars of Lord Vishnu in Shreemad Bhagavata Mahapurana.?

Why Shreemad Bhagavata Mahapurana says that Krishna Dwaipayana Veda Vyasa who is the son of Satyavati and Rishi Parashara appeared before Shree Rama in Skanda 1 Chapter 3.?
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Like Vishnu, do other deities incarnate during Kali Yuga and yet to appear?

In Kali Yuga, Vishnu has incarnated as Buddha and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Also, his Kalki Avatara is not yet to appear. Like him, Is any other deities incarnate during Kali Yuga and also yet to appear? ...
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After a Vishnu avatara is ended, does that avatara usually permanently merge back into Vishnu?

If you take Rama and Krishna, they both die in their human form and go back to Vaikuntha and merge into Vishnu. On the other hand, the Varaha Avatara is said to be permanent and lives at the ...
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Are there instances when scripture associates the deeds of one avatar with another avatar?

Each avatar performs specific deeds. Rama killed Ravana, built the bridge etc. Krishna plays the flute, did the Kaliya dance and so forth. Does scripture ever praise one avatar by citing the deeds ...
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What's the difference between Yagna Varaha and Shwetha Varaha?

I've been hearing that the Lord Varaha is being referred to as Yagna Varaha swamy while we say Shwetha Varaha name in Sankalpam. I'd like to know the difference.
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Like Vishnu and Shiva, any other deities take form of animals?

We know about Vishnu's animal forms (Matsya, Kurma and etc.) and Shiva's animal forms (Vrishabha and Sharabha). But does any other deities incarnated in the form of animals like Vishnu and Shiva?
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Shesha nag is Laxman and Balaram. Why isn't he part of earlier Vishnu avatars?

Of the known 9 Vishnu avatars, Shesha nag part of only 2 avatars as Laxman and balaram. Why isn't he mentioned in other avatars like Narasimha, Vaman
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Who is Kalaka, and is there any other information about Mahesha, Sarada, and Vaitala?

In the answer to my question, I learned about the name 'Kalaka'. But, who is Kalaka? I found some background behind Shiva, Parvati, and Bhairava's incarnations, Mahesha, Sarada and Vaitala in this ...
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Are there incarnations of humans. Devas et al as inanimate entities in canonical Sanskrit scripture?

South Indian Srivaishnavite scripture records that the Srivaishnavite guru Vedanta Desikan is an incarnation of the bell at the Tirupati Venkateshwara temple:: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/...
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The incarnation of deity (avatars)

Is it possible transfer human soul into deity's avatar or incarnated deity or switch body or soul with them?....to have new body and new appearance
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Can anybody tell me more about Gandabherunda?

Gandabherunda was a form of Narasimha. I want to learn more about him, can't find any info on the internet apart from Wikipedia.
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Was Buddha reincarnation of Agni?

Was buddha the reincarnation of vedic god agni? āga means fire. the pali way is tathāgata. the jain way is tathāgaya. blue_ego's way is tathajāta.
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why does visnu change lineage?

does visnu change his lineage? assuming rama and krsna are both avatars of visnu, and rama belongs to the solar (ikshvaku) and krsna to the lunar. why is there a change of lineage? does the change of ...
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Is it possible 9th avatar of Vishnu not happened yet?

Some people consider the 9th avatar of Vishnu as Buddha/Balaram. Is it possible 9th avatar of Vishnu has not yet occurred yet itself? And it's unknown?
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Do any scriptures mention Lakshmi's 18 sons and Astha Lakshmi?

I know Lakshmi has 18 sons and that she took eight forms called Astha Lakshmi. Do any scriptures mention them?
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Is Shri Vishnu's Mohini avataram the only avatara where a deity adopts the form of opposition gender?

Mohini came during samundra manthan to treat devas with amritam. She also came other times like to kill evil bhasmasura demon. Is mohini the only avataram which came from opposite gender god? Or other ...
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Why are avatars necessary when karma is supposed to balance out evil?

Avatars, especially Kalki, is supposed to appear on Earth to battle evil and rid the world of adharma. Why is this necessary if karma already "guides" souls towards moksha? I mean, if people ...
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What does "Hare Rama" means here.?

I was watching a movie called final destination and there's a part when a stranger guy appears and says this phrase.: Hare Rama. Well I suppose this is an hindu phrase because he showed a book that ...
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Is Parshuram poorna-avatar of Vishnu?

Parshuram is avatar of Vishnu . Is he poorna-avatar of Vishnu ? What is the difference between poorna avatar and ansh-avatar of Vishnu ? Poorna avatar = Full incarnation Ansh avatar = Part ...
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Doubts about avatars of Vishnu

My question is how come two avatars of Vishnu (Rama and Parasuraman) can be in the same place in the same time ( Ramayana ) ?
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Did Krishna take avatar from womb of Mata Devki?

Did Krishna take avatar from womb of a woman, or Did he appear outside of the womb ? What does Mahabharata, ShriMad Bhagvad Purana and Brahma Vairvata Purana tells about it. I think these historical ...
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Does Vishnu take avatar from women's womb?

Vishnu keeps taking avatar from time to time . Does he take birth from women's womb like normal humans do. Or Does he take avatar outside of womb i.e. he appears outside of the womb ?
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What is chronological order of all events or big events that have ever happened in Puranas

According to ch 19 of prabhas kand of skand puran we are in 31st kalpa of second phase Brahma and previous kalpa was pitr kalpa. But other Puranas say we are in 1st kalpa of second phase of Brahma. ...
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How many avatars of Adi Shakti are mentioned in Mahabharata?

I know Durga, Kalaratri and Bhadrakali are mentioned in Mahabharata and they are the avatars of Adi Shakti. But, are others avatars of Adi Shakti mentioned in the Mahabharata?
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Are the other avatars of Lord Vishnu mentioned in Mahabharata.?

I found the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu in this chapter of Santi Parva. Appearing in the forms of a swan (Hansa), a tortoise (Kurma), a fish (Matsya), O foremost of regenerate ones, I shall then ...
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How did the Varaha Avatar took out the earth from the sea?

My question is that the Varah incarnation of Vishnu took out the earth from the sea, but the sea is in the earth, then how was it taken out of the sea?
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Which Avatars of Vishnu hold a sword (Nandaka)

Vishnu is usually depicted as four-armed with the four attributes in his hands: the shankha (conch), the Sudarshana Chakra, the padma (lotus) and the Kaumodaki gada (mace) But Vishnu also has a sword ...
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The curse to the dvarapalakas of Vishnu by the sons of Brahma

Vishnu, the infinite manifestation knows everything that will happen in the future? Did he already know the Brahma Putra would curse Jaya and Vijaya? Was it all Vishnu's leela to get into the Material ...
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Are all the forms of Vishnu 4 handed?

The original spiritual planet which resembles the whorl of the huge Lotus flower, is called Goloka Vrindavana.It is the abode of Lord Krishna, the original personality of Godhead. This original planet ...
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Who is Devi Kali? Is she among the 64 yoginis or Devi herself? And who killed Asuras?

As per this answer, the list of the main 64 yoginis, a group of Sahacharis of the Devi, includes personalities like Bhadrakali and Kalaratri. Which indicates the Devi Kali could be separate from Devi ...
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Are the Ashtamurti forms of Lord Shiva, himself or his amshas and what is their form like?

The Ashtamurti incarnations of Lord Shiva have been discussed extensively here, here and here. These were the eight forms through which Lord Shiva entered eight places after Pradurbhava from Brahmaji. ...
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The story of Lord Saṁkarṣaṇa

I came to know Saṁkarṣaṇa was an incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu. I want to know his description as given in Purāṇas, Why did Viṣṇu take that incarnation and the story behind the incarnation?
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Why is Vishnu not taking avatar?

Non-vedic people have gained lots of power in Aryavrata (India) . Population of Hindus is decreasing rapidly. It is high time he should take at least ansh-avatar to save us. In the past PusyaMitra ...
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Who are the sons of Pulastya that were born as Duryodhana's brothers?

Rishi PUlastya had sons who were born as Duryodhana's brothers. Whhat are the names of the sons of Pulastya that were born as Duryodhana's brothers? https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01068.htm ...
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At what point Vishnu ji takes incarnation?

Vishnu ji takes incarnation whenever Dharma (Hinduism) is weakened to re-establish it. I want to know at what point he takes birth . What was the situation at the time of Mahabharata era and at other ...
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Who is the spirited king Vasumitra, the reincarnation of Danayu's son Vikshara?

The eldest of the four sons of Danayu, who was known by the name of Vikshara, became known on earth the spirited monarch, Vasumitra https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01068.htm The eldest of the ...
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Can you give me examples where riteous people used deceit?

How many incidents are there in the Mahabharata, Srimad Vagbat Gita, and Ramayana where riteous people (gods, avatars, or saints) used deception to achieve their purposes? Can you list those?
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Will we take birth as crows after death?

During pithrupaksha, we keep food for crows assuming our ancestors will come and have in the form of crows. So one day we become ancestors too. So do we all take birth as crows after death? In that ...
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How will Kalki avatar happen ? Will Hinduism not exist at the time of his birth?

What will be the situation of India or Hinduism when Kalki will take birth ? Will Hinduism be almost dead by then ?
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