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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Mahavishnu's Avataaras

Apart from the well known Dashavatra, Mahavishnu has taken many incarnations. Two readily come to the mind as Hari for liberation of Gajendra and Hu Hu and as Kapila Muni giving knowledge to His ...
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What does “Avatar of Kali Yuga” and “Avatar of Dwapara Yuga” mean?

I can understand lord Rama and lord Krishna are Avatars of lord Vishnu. But when I listen that, Duryodhana was Avatar of "Kali Yuga" and Shakuni was the Avatar of "Dwaapara Yuga" which I could not ...
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Did lord Krishna took Avatar when sons of Shatrughna were king of Mathura?

I heard like lord Rama had two sons, similarly all other brothers had also two sons each. I would like to know their names. Later two sons of Shatrughna become king separately at Mathura and Brij. ...
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What is the story and purpose of Lord Vishnu's Vaikuntha avatara?

The 24 avataras of Lord Vishnu are described in Skandha one chapter three of Shreemad Bhagvat Purana . It also mentioned that the incarnations of the Lord are innumerable. Apart from these 24 , ...
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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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How many years did Lord Vishnu's human incarnations live for? [duplicate]

As per this question lord Ram must live more then 10000 years as if he ruled his kingdom for 10000 yrs. So How many years did lord Rama live on the earth? I also listen that lord Krishna lived for ...
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Why Kalki Avatar will come at the end of the yuga not in between like all other Avatars of Vishnu?

As there are 4 Yugas. How many Avatars in each yuga? Why different in number of Avatars? Why only one avatar in Kali Yug? Like lord Rama and lord Krishna have come in between of those Yugas. But ...
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Is Sri Kurma an avatar of Lord BrahmA (Prajapati)?

It is believed that Tortoise (kurma) avatar is of Lord Vishnu as per the puranic legends. However, one of the users of the site has quoted an interesting passage from vedas citing that Lord Kurma is ...
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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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Is Srikantha regarded as an incarnation?

Srikantha was a famous Shaivite acharya from South India of the eleventh century who propounded the Shiva Advaita philosophy which is very similar to Ramanujacharya's Vishistadvaita philosophy. Is ...
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Is Lord Jagannath an incarnation of Vishnu?

Lord Jagannath is worshiped along with Balbhadra and Subhadra in the famous temple at Puri. I want to know is Lord Jagannath an incarnation of Vishnu?
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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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Whose avatar was Sri Vedanta Desikan? [duplicate]

One of the accomplished vedanta philosopher and acharya desikan is famous in southern india. Whose avatara is he believed to be?
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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 tembe swAmi?

Tembe swami (vAsudevananda saraswati) , was a well known figure in Maharashtra. Whose avatar is he considered as ?
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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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Whose avatar was SripAda Srivallabha?

One of the well known spiritual guru of India was SripAda Srivallabha. Whose avatar was he ?
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Whose avatar was saint Jnaneshwar?

Sant gyaneshwar (dnyaneshwar) was a famous saint from maharastrian bhakti movement (varkari). Whose avatar was he ?
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Whose avatar was Sri akkalkot swami?

He was a famous saint from maharastrian bhakti movement. He used to live in akkalkot which is a pilgrim place now Whose avatar was he ?
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Whose avatar was Sri RAghavendra Swami?

Famous in the madhwa line, Sri Raghavendra is linked with many miracles. His samaadhi is at mantrAlayam. Whose avatAr was he ?
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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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Was Daitya king Bali present during the Samudra Manthan? If so then how was it possible? Please check the details

I have no quotes but recently many misconceptions and questions have arised in my mind by watching two Tv serials. Devon Ke Dev Mahadev (2012) and Sankat mochan mahabali hanuman (2016). Both of them ...
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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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Padmavathy consort of Lord Venkateshwara - Who was She?

Sri Venkateshwara was married to the adopted daughter of Akasha Raja Padmavathy Devi (Alamelu Manga). Padmavathy Devi was so named because She appeared at Padma Sarovar at Pushkarini in the Seshachala ...
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Is Krishna the source of Vishnu or other way round? [closed]

What Bhagavata Purana text mentions apropos this question? Is Bhagavan Krishna the source of all incarnations or Bhagavan Vishnu as traditionally believed?
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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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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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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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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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Why all avatars are not equally popular and famous?

Why all of us do not like or pray to all the avatars or why people have belief in some avatars but not in others? Why all avatars are not equally popular or famous?
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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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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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Was the Avadhut and Yogi Lord Dattatreya married & did he have a son?

As mentioned in the answer to this question according to the Mahabharat, Lord Dattatreya, the son of Rishi Atri, had a son called Nimi. I have never come across any mention of Datta guru as a ...
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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 relation between Dash Mahavidyas and Dashavatar?

Various Tantrik texts like Mundamala Tantra and Todal Tantra mention the Dash Mahavidyas in respect to the Dashavatar. For example in Todal Tantra CHapter 10 we find the following declaration: "...
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Was matsya of Lord brahma transferred to Lord vishnu?

The Matsya avatara is usually considered as an avatara of Lord Vishnu. But the Shatapata Brahmana and the Mahabharata both describe Matsya as an avatara of Prajapati Brahma. While the Puranas ...
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When Brahma's day ends and a new day starts does the previous day repeat itself? [duplicate]

When an day ends for Brahma there are no living beings and when a new day starts everything is recreated. My question is - does the same chain of events take place in the new day of Brahma? For ...
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Why is Lord Vishnu's Avatar 'Narasimha' more popular in south Indian region?

Why is Lord Vishnu's avatar 'Narasimha' more popular in South Indian region? I've seen in many movies and even when I went to south cities, they name their shops and business on the name Narasimha? ...
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Rama's play in Ramayana is true feeling?

I don't really understand that Ram's play in Ramayana is true feeling or acting. In some situation he clearly shows his super power and he is a god (described in Situation 1). In some other dangerous ...
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Will Lord Kalki be aware that He is Vishnu avatara?

We know that of the Dashavataras, Lord Krishna was the most divine and poorna avatara of Lord Vishnu while Lord Rama's divinity is questioned. But what about Lord Kalki? Will He be aware of his ...
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If Lord Krishna lives in Goloka Vrindavana where do the other avataras live?

Lord Vishnu lives in Vaikuntha while his poorna avatara Lord Krishna lives in Goloka Vrindavana. Do any of the other Vishnu avataras have their own lokas? If yes, please mention the names of these ...
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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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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(...
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Does Lord Narayana take incarnation to change era?

From the story of Ramayana and Mahabharata, I have come to know that Lord Narayana takes incarnation at the end of every era (yuga). And when Lord's incarnation dies then era changes (and new era ...
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Incarnations of Vishnu after Kalki

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalki At the end of Kaliyug, the 10th and last incarnation of Vishnu is said to come as Kalki. Are there incarnations after Kalki, at the end of Dwapara yuga after this ...
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What form of Vishnu held Mandara at the top during the Churning of the Ocean?

Most people only know that Vishnu incarnated as Kurma the tortoise during the Churning of the Ocean. What is less well-known however, is that at least three forms of Vishnu were involved in the ...
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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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Avataravaada and vedanta, are there any contradiction?

What is stance of Vedanta on the concept of avatara? Does Vedanta support that god comes to earth in form of a human?
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Why did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa eat fish if he was Vishnu avatara?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa known as a very well Shakta mystic and yogi. Most of his followers consider him as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. However, Lord Vishnu is known to be a vegetarian. Ramakrishna ...
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Is Laxman an avatar of Sheshnag?

I heard that Laxman is an avatar of Sheshnag? Is this true?