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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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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What happened to Vishnu's incarnation Narayana after his Pancharatra Yagna?

As I discuss in this answer, 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 is the story of Vishnu incarnating as a mango tree in the Dandaka forest?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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What is the story of Parashurama's wife Dharani?

In this passage of the Vishnu Purana, the various incarnations of Vishnu's wife Lakshmi are described: For in like manner as the lord of the world, the god of gods, Janárddana, descends amongst ...
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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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Why is Bhagwan incarnating as Kalki in this(particular) Kaliyuga?

Many people know about The Cycle of 4 Yugas and DashaAvatars of Shriman Narayana ,but very few know that the Dashaavatars are not bound to the cycle of 4 Yugas. The Avatars of Bhagwan are infinite in ...
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Did Shiva's incarnation Lakulisha meet Krishna or other Mahabharata characters?

In this excerpt from the Shatarudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana, Shiva tells Brahma about his incarnations (avataras) in the Dwapara Yugas of the various Mahayugas in the Vaivasvata Manvantara (the ...
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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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Which scriptures talk about the Kurma avatar of Vishnu?

I would like to know more about the Kurma avatar of Vishnu. I know that Vishnu took the form of a tortoise to facilitate Samudra Manthana. Although, no other details are known. The Wikipedia article ...
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Do our scriptures declare that if God has to descend on earth then that place has to be somewhere in India?

Do our scriptures declare that if God has to descend on earth then that place has to be somewhere in India? Are there any shlokas in scriptures that confirm that God's avatar(human birth) will only ...
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What did Vishnu's incarnation Prithu say about being one with the Universe?

Generally, Vaishnavas follow the Pancharatra Agamas, Shaivites follow the Shaiva Agamas, and Shaktas follow the Shaiva Agamas. But long ago, there was a group of people in Kashmir who followed the ...
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What are the purposes of Devi's five main forms from the Devi Bhagavata Purana?

The purposes of Shiva's Pancha Bramha Avatars are stated here. However, what are the purposes of Devi's five forms? On a side note, what is the need for five devi's when there already are the Tri ...
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Did Ikshvaku Rama rule Ayodhya or Vishnu avatara Rama?

As we know the purpose of Rama avatara was to liberate Ravana, and for this purpose Vishnu had to forget his divinity. But in the Yuddha Kanda, after the Agni Pariksha, all the devas headed by Brahma ...
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What scriptures describe Hiranyaksha mining the Earth?

Most people only know the story of the demon Hiranyaksha putting the Earth in the Garbhodska ocean, after which Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha the boar killed Hiranyaksha and rescued the Earth. But page ...
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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 the name of third-gender avatar of Hari?

Garuda Purana tells that Vishnu will born to kill an asura. Vishnu takes the form of an eunuch The gods would be divided into different clans such as the Svadharmans, Sutapasas, Haritas, Rohitas, etc....
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Why Lord Ram is called Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna Purna Purshottam?

I have heard many people saying Lord Ram is Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna is Purna Purshottam. Could any one please tell me why is it so. and what is the difference between Maryada Purshottam ...
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How could Bharata and Shatrughna be incarnations of inanimate objects?

From this answer, we find Continuing with the tale of Sri Ram, Lord Mahadeva told Parvati–Dasharath requested Vashishth to perform the Jaatkarm Sanskar of Sri Ram. In course of time Kaikeyi gave ...
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How concept of sisters of Sita: Urmila, Shrutakeerti and Mandavi can be reconciled with concept of Mahalakshmi?

We know, Sri Rama was Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Lakshama was one quarter portion of Vishnu [a] or avatar of Adisesha. Shatrugna and Bharatha were incarnations of Sudarshana Chakra and Panchajanya Shankha ...
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Is Lord Venkateswara an "avatara purush"?

Is Lord Venkateswara an avatar of Lord Vishnu? If so, what is its number (first, second, etc.)? Also, in total, how many avatars of Lord Vishnu are there? I read somewhere that there would be only ...
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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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Was Vishnu's incarnation sage Narayana married?

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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Is there any scriptural support for Ramakrishna's avatarhood?

Sri Ramakrishna mission and the devotees claim that Sri Ramakrishna was an Avatar. Even Sri Ramakrishna declared that he was an Avatar. However, Puranas mentioned only 10 avatars of Vishnu. The only ...
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Is Chanakya vishnu amsa?

I have heard that Chanakya's mother strived for children for almost 14 years and later, Chanakya was born. He was a great contributor for indian economics and much more. I knew very little about him. ...
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Does kalki avatar happen once in kalpa?

Kalki is prophesied as the 10th avatar of lord vishnu. Lord krishna comes once in a kalpa and lord ramchandra as well. What about lord kalki ? Can you confirm whether lord krishna and ram also come ...
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Who is Shukla Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

The Satvata Tantra Part 2 Verse 8 mentions: Seeing Kardama Muni's austerities aimed at attaining mystic powers, the Lord appeared as Sukla in a pure and transcendental form. After giving him the ...
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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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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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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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Development of Man's form along with God's Avatar

Are time varying successive forms that came about with evolution of God in Hindu view .. the same for the perceiving Man as well with God as a superior contemporary Entity? I mean if God is in Fish ...
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Is Guru Nanak's advent present in any scripture?

According to this website, the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism religion, is said to have been foretold in the scriptures. Though most of the verses they quoted were feeble attempts to ...
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Is their any Stotra, Stava, Stuti, et cetera for Mohini?

Vishnu manifested into Mohini and gave Devas the ambrosial nectar, and rendered Daityas bereft of Amrita. Then She even cut Rahu Ketu apart. There have always been innumerable Stutis of each ...
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On what basis Avataras are classified as Rudra Avatar & Vishnu Avatar?

When àtmà is the one & indwelling in both Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu and When same àtmà manifests or descents on the earth, then why some Avatars are called Shiva Avatars or some Vishnu? On what ...
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Was Yajnesvara the only Indra in Svayambhuva Manvantara?

In Srimad Bhagavatam (the treasure from which so many questions arise!), the story of Maharaja Prthu is described in the Fourth Canto, Chapters 15 to 23. In Chapters 19 and 20 is described the story ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Dharma who "propagated Yagna"?

As I discuss in my question here, the Matsya Purana describes various incarnations that Vishnu has taken in the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). In particular, here is what it ...
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Is Ajanu (At / Below the Knees) Arms From Birth or can they be developed over time

We all know that the human body is temporary and changes over time (infant --> child --> adolescence --> adult ---> old ---> cadaver). We also know that practicing spirituality can ...
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Scriptual references for Adi Shankaracharya and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj being Lord Shiva's avatars

I have read about Adi Shankaracharya being incarnation of Lord Shiva, similarly in many articles, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is shown as a Avatar of Lord Shiva. I want to know about the scriptural ...
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Avatar cycle that matches the zodiac

Has there ever been an avatar cycle that matches the zodiac? This doesn’t quite make sense except with animals crab, Scorpio, Aquarius, etc. it makes sense mostly. Another way to phrase my question ...
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Visvaksena : a jivaatma or a Visnu tattva?

There's a nityasuri of Lord Visnu called Visvaksena who is described as being the Commander-in-Chief of Lord Visnu's army. There's also an incarnation by the same name. Are these two the same Person? ...
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Do any Puranas or Itihasas explicitly state that Vishnu incarnated as Kapila to delude the masses?

Various Puranas and Itihasas explicitly mention Vishnu incarnating as Buddha to teach an anti-Vedic doctrine in order to deceive certain Asuras from their righteous path. Kapila, the founder of the ...
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Do followers of Madhwa consider him to be an incarnation of Vayu?

Is that something he claimed himself? or did his followers consider his incarnation to be revealed in scripture?
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Who is Gaya Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

The Satvata Tantra Part 2 Verse 17 mentions: Born as Gaya in King Priyavrata's dynasty, the Lord became very famous by the actions of His body, mind and words. Yajna personified, which had the form ...
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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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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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Was the boar killed by Lord Indra in Brahmanas same as Lord Varaha?

According to this source, there is a story in Brahmanas where Lord Indra kills a boar who has stolen the treasure of the asuras, then gives its carcass to Lord Vishnu, who offers it as a sacrifice to ...
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Whose avatar was Sri nAmdev?

One of the eminent saintly figure of bhakti tradition was Sri nAmdev. Whose avatar is he believed to be ? What were the.miracles in his life ?
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Whose avatar was Sri Eknath?

Sri Eknath was one of the famous saints from the Varkari line of Bhakti tradition. Whose incarnation was he ?
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Weapons selection by God Vishnu in his Dasavatara

If we note carefully in the first five avatars Maha Vishnu will not have any weapon. Parasurama avatar has axe as weapon, Rama avatar has bow and arrow, Balarama avatar has plough, Krishna avatar ...
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Can avatars be the son of same God?

Please explain why and how sometimes sons are considered as avatars of certain gods. In some tales, Hanuman is the avatar of Shiva while in others, he is his son.Please explain.
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Where is Narayana's verse about the duties of householders?

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and the Pandavas concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a bed of arrows after the ...