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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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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Are there any avatars of Devi mentioned in Vedas but not in scriptures(e.g. puranas) and vice versa

Are there any avatars of Devi which are not mentioned in Vedas but there is a mention of them in puranas. Also are there any avatars, which are not a part of puranas and itihasas but in shrutis(Vedas, ...
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What are the purposes of Vishnu's Vyuha avatars?

The purposes of Shiva's Pancha Bramha Avatars are stated here. However, what are the purposes of Vishnu's Vyuha avatars
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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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Which varna are 'Hindu' Buddhists part of?

There are a lot of our scriptures mentioning Gautam Buddha as one of Vishnu's avatars. You can see this Wikipedia post for the list https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha_in_Hinduism If it is ...
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Why take different avatar each time?

Each time Lord take avatar it is in different form. Why not take avatar of same animal or same human each time? Is there any significance of incarnating as different form?
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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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Did Lord Buddha really not believe in God and the Vedas? If so, why?

I am going to be completely open here in hopes to get the right answer. I am always kind of... full of dread when I hear about such big saints and sages like Lord Buddha did not believe in God 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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Why is Shukra related to the Parashurama avatar of Vishnu in Jyotisha?

Each planet in Jyotisha is associated with an avatar of Shri hari Vishnu in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. Why is Shukra Graha or Venus associated with the avatar of Shri hari Vishnu Parashurama? रा...
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Did sage Nara and Narayan still live even in 28th Dwapar Yuga?

Nara and Narayan were the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Who later incarnated in last Dwapara as Arjuna and Krishna. Nara-Narayan incarnation has been discussed in this question. In 9th Canto Chapter 3 ...
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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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Why didn't Shiva take avatars like Maha Vishnu? [duplicate]

I need to know that, why lord Siva has not taken any avatar like lord Vishnu? as I am a devotee of both supreme lords (lord Siva and lord Maha Vishnu). If anybody knows the answer , please help me.
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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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How can Narasimha & Vamana Avatars happen before Parashuram?

Following is the chronological order of these three avatars: Narasimha avathar (4th of vishnu ) Vamana avathar(5th of vishnu) Parasuram avathar(6th of vishnu) Accordingly: In Vamana avathar king ...
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How is Ayyannar related to Shiva?

Ayyanar is a popular Hindu village god of Tamil Nadu. However, while I was reading up on him , I found out there he was actually Ayyappa, who is said to be the son of Shiva. However, he is generally ...
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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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Which incarnations of Vishnu has different skin colors?

Here is the verse of Bhagavata purana where Garga explains the colors of body of Vishnu in different incarnations. Your son Kṛṣṇa appears as an incarnation in every millennium. In the past, He ...
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Reconcilling Vedas with existence of Rama, Krishna and related questions [closed]

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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Why Matsya and Kurma Avatars are not worshiped like other avatars?

Why Matsya and Kurma avatars are not worshiped like other avatars? Vamana as trivikrama, varaha has temples in south. Rama, Krishna, Balarama and Narasimha avatars are worshiped and many temples are ...
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What is the apex of adharma?

I heard that Lord Vishnu will take birth as Kalki avatar when the adharma will be on the apex. So what is the apex of adharma?
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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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Avatarams of God [duplicate]

Lord Ranganatha of srirangam or srirangapatna and Lord Venkatachalapathy of Tirupati are not coming under ten Avatars of God Vishnu. Why is it so? Any reference from puranas will be of great help to ...
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Was Parsvanatha, the 23rd tirthankara of Jainism, an avatar of Lord Shiva?

Parsvanatha was the 23rd tirthankara of Jainism. He was very popular and belonged to Ikshvaku dynasty like other tirthankaras. He has a lot of temples across India, the most popular of which is at ...
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Do the gods incarnate as mythical creatures in other lokas?

Gods are often born on Earth (Bhulok). As you know these incarnations are known as avatars. A popularly known avatars is Shree Krishna. However as per my knowledge, avatars are born as humans (Manava) ...
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Is Shangri-La, Tibet will be called as Shambhala, Birth place of Lord Kalki? [closed]

1) Where exactly Shambhala village is located? Is Shangri-La, Tibet will be called as Shambhala, Birth place of Lord Kalki? 2) Why Lord Kalki, Son of VishnuYashyas will be born out of India in ...
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How does Adishankaracharya Advaita explain concept of Avatar?

In Chapter 33 of book Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda says that Babaji is Mahaavatar (great incarnation). Sri Mahavatar Babaji is believed to be avatar of Shiva who is still teaching Kriya Yoga to ...
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Are all incarnations of Vishnu born at moonrise?

In Vedic astrology, the sidereal zodaic, the band of stars surrounding the Sun's apparent path in the sky, is divided into 12 equal Rashis or zodiac signs. A person's Janma Rashi is the zodiac sign ...
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Why Lord Vishnu incarnates only in Bharata Varsha (India)?

One question raised in my mind, why lord Vishnu incarnates only in Bhartha Varsha (India)? It is little bit confusing for me, because I can't find any valid resources. Please provide some evidence ...
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Leftover Kshatriyas after Lord Parashurama's sanitization

Lord Parashu Rama sanitized earth by killing kshatirya generations for 21 times. From what Dharma calls that the one who is humble and does not raise a weapon he should be granted sharanagati, & ...
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As per Shiva Purana what are the 28 avatars of Shiva as said to Brahma?

As per Shiva Purana which 28 avatars of Shiva did he tell to Brahma? Also Shiva said the names of Sage Vyasa of each Mahayuga. What are those?
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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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Will Yashoda's soul be Krishna's mother again in the next Dwapara yuga? Do relationships with God's incarnations remain same across yugas?

It is clear from Geetha that a soul takes rebirth until it attains moksha state. It is also clear from Geetha that Krishna reincarnates as himself for the establishment of dharma. Do Krishna's ...
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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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Why did Lord Vishnu murder King Bali? [duplicate]

We know that King Bali wanted to become more powerful than Indradev . But he was very famous in public for his kindness . Then 1.Why Lord Vishnu murdered King Bali in his Vaman Avatar? ...
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When a God takes Avatar, what happens to the God in the original form?

When a God takes avatar, what happens to the original God form. Does He remain as it is or is depleted or altered?
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Why is the “Dasa Avataram” concept considered a debatable topic on this site while Scriptures make clear mention of them?

Since the concept of Dasavataram doesn't even exist in Hindu scripture, this is sort of a moot question This was posted by Keshav Srinivasan as a comment under this question.Comments with the same ...
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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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Why did Lord Vishnu stop King Bali from becoming Indra (King of Devtas)?

As we know, King Bali held a Yagna to become the King of Lords. But by taking Vamana Avatar, Lord Vishnu asked him for three steps worth of land. By his original divine avatar, Lord Vishnu covered ...
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What is difference between avatar and Avataari?

Load Krishna is avatar, lord Rama is also an avatar, so who is say Avataari? What is big in both them?
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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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Is Lakshmi an avatar of Durga? [duplicate]

I read that Lakshmi is the avatar of Durga in this article: Gauri is seen as a milder form of Kali, which is why she wears a saree and ties her hair with a string of flowers. Sometimes, she comes ...
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Will Parashurama reappear in Kaliyuga?

According to Hindu mythology, Parashurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu. He appeared during the last Treta and Dwapara Yugas, he also played important role in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Are there ...
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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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Wouldn't most of the incarnations of Devi be of Sati, not Parvati?

As discussed in this question Parvati Devi married in the Vaivasvata Manvantara, before which Shiva was married to Sati Devi. Since most asura wars happened in previous Manvantaras, would that mean ...
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Incarnations of Lord Ganesha?

According to Ganesha Purana, there are four incarnations of Lord Ganesha: Mahotkata (Krita Yuga) Shri Mayureshwar (Treta Yuga) Shri Gajanana (Dwapara Yuga) Dhuraketu (Kali Yuga) According to Mudgal ...
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What is the Story of Vishnu's incarnation Chaitanya? [duplicate]

What is the Story of Vishnu's incarnation Chaitanya? According to Bhavishya Puran Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was an incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna. My Question is What Story Behind this ...
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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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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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Is there any incarnation of God currently living among us?

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Swami Vivekananda are said to be incarnations of God. Is there any such incarnation currently living among us?

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