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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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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Stature of humans throughout the four Yugas

In the Puranas, there are at least two stories that describe the difference between the human stature in Treta Yuga and Dwapara Yuga - the story of Muchukunda and Revati and Kakudmi . In these stories ...
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Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Muhammad, Mahavir, Sai Baba - Vishnu avatars? [duplicate]

Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Muhammad, Mahavir, Sai Baba - are all these avatars of Lord Vishnu? If yes, then Lord Vishnu should have more than 10 avatars and what is the timeline for all of them?
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How did Lord Dattatreya acquire the knowledge of Yoga?

Is there any story about how Lord Dattatreya acquired the knowledge of Yoga?
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What is the story of Siva's Incarnation (ईशान) Ishan?

According to what I have studied yet the 23rd incarnation of Lord Shiva is (ईशान) Ishan (The ruler). The story related to this incarnation is not described much deeper or it can be my fault that I ...
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Were there any incarnations of Lord Brahma?

We hear a lot about incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and other Gods, but were there any incarnations of Lord Bramha too?
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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 is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Hari, who rescued the elephant Gajendra?

One of the most famous stories of Vishnu is the Gajendra Moksham episode, described the Eighth Skanda of the Srimad Bhagavatam. For those who don't know, once a king named Indradyumna, who was a ...
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Why lord Venkateshwara's name is not listed in the avatars of vishnu? [duplicate]

Why is lord Venkateshwara name not listed in avatar of Vishnu?
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Some sources say End of Kaliyuga is near [closed]

(I’m re-posting the question in more suitable form and shall provide an answer with some more facts; please refute if you feel but let this be alive for people to see and comment/answer. I’m just an ...
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Partial and full incarnations: When divine beings incarnate on earth, do they continue to exist in their original abode?

I am having confusion that, whenever divine beings incarnate on earth, do they also continue to exist in their original abode? Let us take the example of Narayana, the supreme god. It is said that ...
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Whose avatara is Sri Ramanujacharya?

Popularly belief is that SriRamnanujacharya is the avatara (incarnation) of Sankarshana/Balarama/Lakshmana/Adisesha. The question is whose avatara is Sri Ramanujacharya and is there any specific ...
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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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What is the story of Nara and Narayana's brothers Hari and Krishna?

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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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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Why does an avatar of God need to go to Gurukul (school)?

Lord Vishnu has taken many avatars as a human being. During his avatars like Ram and Krishna, he went to Gurukul (school) like a normal human goes. Now being an avatar, he already has all the ...
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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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Who does the Mahabharata call the “best of men”, Nara or Narayana?

The Mahabharata opens with this famous verse: nārāyaṇaṃ namaskṛtya naraṃ caiva narottamam | devīṃ sarasvatīṃ caiva tato jayamudīrayet || Om! Having bowed down to Narayana and Nara, the ...
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What is the earliest reference to Vishnu's incarnation Kapila?

As I discuss in this question, in the Bala Kanda of Ramayana, Vishwamitra tells Rama and Lakshmana the famous story of the descent of the Ganga river to the Earth. As described in this chapter of the ...
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Why do these many religions exist?

Some people say that Jesus came to India and got the powers by meditating. I ask a general question, MOST of those saints meditate upon the Supreme being (Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva) and get the ...
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Who is Ruchi, father of Vishnu's incarnation Yagna?

As I discuss in this answer, the Universe lasts for one Kalpa or day of Brahma. Each Kalpa is divided into fourteen Manvantaras, periods where a given Manu governs the race of humans. Now we are ...
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How can I help my pets to have a good birth or reincarnation?

I have some cats as pets. Does chanting mantras or name of God to them make any difference in their(animals or trees) life cycle? What are the suggested methods in helping them to think about God ...
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Why does the Rig Veda call Vishnu a mountain-roaming bull?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani I provided in my answer here, Book 1 Hymn 154 of the Rig Veda is addressed to Vishnu. Here is one of the verses from that hymn: Let the hymn lift ...
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Why Jesus Isu Christ, Guru Nanak, Buddha and Muhammad should not be considered as Lord Vishnu's avatars? [closed]

As usual in general weekends I was reading Shrimad Bhagawat Gita yesterday night, in which verses were, Chapter 9 Verse 29 Smoham Sarvabhuteshu Means I am equally disposed to all living ...
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Can we use one god's mantra to worship others?

If I know there is only one God and all are his forms, Can I worship(at temples) one avatar of His' with mantras of His another avatar/form (among Shiva, Shakti, Ganapathi, Skanda, Surya, Vishnu and ...
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Can a god have an Avatar of an Avatar?

I am a Vaishnav and hence I worship Shrinathji. It is said that Shrinathji is an avatar of Lord Krishna but again, Lord Krishna is an avatar of Lord Vishnu so is it possible that gods can take avatars ...
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Why Godess Parvati was not aware of Raam as Vishnu's avatar?

In Treta yuga, when Lord Vishnu took avatar as Raam, Lord Shiva was aware about this and he took avatar as Lord Hanuman. In the Ramayana there is a part mentioned that when Raam was in forest ( for ...
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Why all Avatar's and Grantha's references happened only in India and not elsewhere?

This is more merely an outside question. Many have a conscious feeling that why all Devas, Avataras and incidents written on our text books are confined to Indian Mediterranean, mostly North region of ...
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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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Do the same avatars repeat in each chaturyuga?

The Manache Shlok in Marathi mentions that Ramayana happens once in a Kalpa. मना कल्पना कल्पिता कल्प कोटी| नव्हे रे नव्हे सर्वथा रामभेटी|| मना कामना राम नाही जयाला| अति आदरे प्रीती नाही तयाला|| ...
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Were any of Vishnu's avatars (besides Kalki) foretold in advance?

The coming of Lord Vishnu's 10th and final avatar, Kalki, has been long foretold (see this answer for detail). I am curious as to whether any other avatars were similarly foretold in advance. If so, ...
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Prishnigarbha?

When Vishnu appeared before Vasudeva and Devaki in their prison cell in order to incarnate as Krishna, he told them about how he was born to them in previous births as well, as described in the Srimad ...
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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 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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How did Parashurama, a Vishnu Avatar, appear alongside the next two Avatars of Rama & Krishna? [duplicate]

Why if Lord Parashurama is a Vishnu Avatar appear with Rama in the Ramayana and with Krishna in the Mahabharata?
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Why did Lord Chaitanya appear on earth?

Why did Lord Chaitanya appear on earth? Is he a Vishnu Avatar?
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Why do Hindus worship different Gods if they believe in only one God which is parabrahma?

Why do Hindus worship different avatars of Gods and aspects of nature like Sun, Snake, Cow etc if they believe in only God which is Parabrahma?
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Is Jesus an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Here and there, I heard that Jesus is an avatar of Lord Vishnu (or even a reincarnation of Krishna). Is this true?
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Why did Lord Shiva fight with Lord Vishnu?

What were the reason(s) behind the fight between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu? I think the Harivamsa Parva of the Mahabharata narrates this incident. The story goes like this: Mahadev makes Goddess ...
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Are there any temples for Matsya, Kurma, and Varaha avatars?

Are there any temples for the following three avatars of Vishnu? Matsya Kurma Varaha If yes, please share some information about some popular temples for them.
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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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Why isn't Parashurama worshipped like the other Vishnu Avatars?

Vishnu Avatars like Rama and Krishna get worshipped in all main regions of India. But why doesn't Parashurama get worshipped that much? Is there some reason for it? Parashurama is the longest-serving ...
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Ninth avataram of Vishnu [duplicate]

Is Buddha ninth Avataram of Vishnu? But Lord Venkateshvara (Balaji) is also an avataram of Vishnu who came to earth in Kaliyuga(will be exists on earth to the end of Kaliyuga). Then Venkateshvara ...
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How was lord Dattatreya born?

Lord Dattatreya is supposed to be the form of the trinity gods born on Earth and I saw that he has three faces, each of which resembles one god of the trinity (i.e lord Shiva, lord Vishnu, and lord ...
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What is yugāvatāra?

Is yugāvatāra a well-defined term in the scriptures or just a pet name assigned by devotees to their Ishta-deva (worshipable deity) whom they consider to be the most important for that yuga? Are they ...
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What are the exact ten avatars of Vishnu?

I know that there are many avatars of Vishnu but some say that the famous Dashavatar include lord Buddha (Wiki) and some say as Balarama (hinduism.about.com). but Mohini avatar is not considered as ...
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Why is Mohini not one of the Dashavatara of lord Vishnu?

Dashavatara refers to the ten Avatars of lord Vishnu, which are : Matsya Kurma Varaha Narasimha Vamana Parashurama Rama Krishna Buddha Kalki But apart from the above, lord Vishnu has one more Avatar ...
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Why did Vishnu take on an avatar that was half human and half lion?

To kill Hiranyakashyipu, why did Lord Vishnu take on an avatar that was half human and half lion? He could have just come straight in his original form and killed that Daanav. Is there any specific ...
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What is the story of Kalki (tenth avatar of God Vishnu)?

I have heard that in Kalki avatar, God Vishnu will marry Goddess Vaishnav devi as promised(The promise event occurs when God Vishnu were in Ram avatar and returning to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile)....
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Why does Vishnu tell Padmavathi that he is a member of the Solar dynasty?

The Venkatachala Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana describes how Venkateshwara (the Vishnu deity in Tirupati, AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) meets Padmavathi for the first time. He saves Padmavathi from an ...