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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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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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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Where can I read the original story of Bhasmasura?

When I was a kid, I read the Amar Chitra Katha version of the story of Bhasmasura - the asura who was granted a boon by Shiva allowing him to kill anyone on whose head he placed his hand. In the end, ...
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What exactly are incarnations according to Sri Vaishnavism?

Sri Vaishnavism believes that Vishnu is source of all incarnations, including Krishna and Rama. They consider Krishna to be purna avatar(complete incarnation). My question is how do they view bodies ...
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What is the story of Narasimha being born in the ocean?

Yesterday was Narasimha Jayanti, so I thought I'd post a question I've had about Narasimha's birth. Most people only know the story of how he emerged from a pillar in Ahobilam in order to save ...
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What do scriptures say about Irāvān (son of Arjuna) who married Mohini avatar?

In common folk manner it is told that a Warrior named Irāvān or Aravan (Reference from Wikipedia is because it is at folk manner) who was a great warrior and son of arjuna. It is told that he was ...
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Why are most of the Avatars rulers?

Why are main human avatars of God in the form of kings/ rulers/ princesses (lord Rama, Krishna)? Are there any "regular profession" avatars - eg teachers, householders, merchants?
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What are the 30 avatars of Vishnu?

I have an assignment that I need help finding the answer to. I cannot find the answer anywhere on the internet. I don't have the book for my class to help me.
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What is the story of Vishnu's incarnation Jayanta, son of Yama?

In this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam, various sons of Yama god of death are described: The ten daughters given to Yamarāja were named Bhānu, Lambā, Kakud, Yāmi, Viśvā, Sādhyā, Marutvatī, Vasu, ...
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Who are these goddesses?

In the Devi Bhagvata Purana, in the rules for performing the Kumari Puja, it said that girls embody certain goddesses according to their age: 41-43. The virgin aged two years is named the Kumârî ; ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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On what basis is Krishna claimed to be source of Vishnu?

It is a well accepted view that Vishnu is source of all avatars including Krishna. This is what we all heard from childhood. I also came across the opposite opinion that Krishna is source of Vishnu. ...
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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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How Sattva Guna Lord Vishnu killed Demons or evil people in his incarnations?

Lord Vishnu is associated with Sattva Guna. Sattva Guna means purity and good. How sattva guna dominated Vishnu were able to Kill Rakshasa such as Ravana and Kamsa? Does Only Vishnu have Sattva Guna ...
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Is there any avatar supposed to be born between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki?

I am curious if an avatar between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki is supposed to be born no matter of what god we are talking, no matter if its an incarnation of Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, ...
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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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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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What is the story of Shankchood? Was he an incarnation of Lord Vishnu?

Some people are spreading stories (online) about Shankhchud being an icnarnation of Visnu. Quote 1: There was a demon named Dambh. He prayed to Lord Vishnu because he wanted Vishnu as his son. A ...
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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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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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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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Was Rama Avatar of Vishnu or Brahm?

I always read and listened that Rama was avatar of Vishnu, But I was listening to RamCharitManas katha by Shri Prembhushan Maharaj.During the katha he said , according to Puranas Rama was avatar of ...
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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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Why didn't Mohini recognise Rahu while distributing Amrita?

During Samudra Manthana, Amrita was distributed to Devas by Mohini, who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. However, the demon Rahu gets to drink Amrita by deceit. Surya and Chandra recognise Rahu and alert ...
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Where did sage Kapil reside?

There is a story of King Sagar's sixty thousand sons digging up the earth while looking for the Ashwamedh horse that Indra had stolen. A lot of people would know the story so I am not posting it in ...
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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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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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What does three steps of Vamana avataar symbolize?

I very well understand the story of Bali and Vamana but as a common man I would like to understand what exactly does three steps of Vamana (Vishnu avataar) symbolize?
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Why is Lord Krishna called the complete Vishnu as compared to his other incarnations upon earth?

I have read somewhere that Shree Krishna is called the complete version of Vishnu compared to other of his 9 incarnations. Well it's understandable that Shree Krishna is different from Buddha, ...
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Do incarnations of Vishnu age?

Do avatars remain young or become old? Are there any descriptions of Rama , Krishna or any other avatar when they become old(aging process) and unable to walk etc.. Or is it that they complete their ...
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Which scripture was first to identify Buddha as an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Some puranas identify Buddha with Vishnu among them which is the oldest reference?
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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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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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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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Was Lord Krishna himself Vishnu or not? [duplicate]

Lord Krishna was an avatar of Lord Vishnu but once I have heard that one day Lord Krishna and Arjuna went to Ksheera Sagara to see Lord Vishnu and they had met him. So,if Lord Krishna was a form of ...
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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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If Vyasa is Vishnu's Incarnation, Will Ashvatthama who's the next Vyasa, will he be considered as Vishnu's Incarnation?

As per the respective shloka, from Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram:- व्यासाय विष्णुरूपाय व्यासरूपाय विष्णवे । Which means vyasa is vishnu's form and vice-versa. But If veda-vyasa is a title given ...
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Are Narada and Vyasa incarnations of Lord Vishnu?

It is said that Vyasa is the Jnana Avatar of Vishnu Bhagawan. Narada is said to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu. How far is this true?
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What is the story of Dhanvantari, the incarnation of Vishnu?

Dhanvantari, one of Vishnu's avataras, appears when the churning of the ocean is complete and the amrta surfaces. he is the one who brings forth the amrta for the devas and asuras/ He is also ...
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Primary weapon of kalki

Many of the avatars of Vishnu that has happened, who were supposed to kill someone or destroy something has some kind of primary weapons. Though they all can use various kinds of weapons, but had one ...
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Are any of Vishnu and his avataras' great deeds not connected with war?

Some Vishnu avatars I can think of connected with war/destruction: Govardhana Giri - as part of fighting with Indra Bhagavad Gita - inciting Arjuna to internecine war Rescuing the earth - fighting ...
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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 ...