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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Any examples of non-brahmin or non-kshatriya incarnations of gods?

Almost all incarnations from popular stories I know are either Brahmins or Kshatriyas. Are there any documented examples in any of the texts which refer to a non-Brahmin or non-Kshatriyas incarnation ...
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Did Lord Rama Take Birth in Chaturbhuja Form?

When Lord Vishnu took human avataras like Vamana and Krishna, He appeared in chaturbhuja form holding chakra, shankha, gada and padma along with all ornaments and Shrivatsa mark on His chest. This ...
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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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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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In which purana is vamana's boon that bali would be indra in next manvantara is mentioned

In which purana is vamanas's boon that bali would be indra in next manvantara is mentioned? Savarni=White? I've realised that vamanas's boon has been turned true, describes America's (Bali's patala) ...
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What are all the Vishnu avatar from current Mahayuga according to scriptures? [duplicate]

It is said that not every Vishnu Avatar comes in every Mahayuga, as somebody told me in chat that Rama avatar didn't come in current Mahayuga. So I wanted to know which are the Vishnu avatar from the ...
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Doubts regarding Nara-Narayana & previous lives of Pandavs

This link talks about Karna's past life and the story of Dambodbhava who has a fight with Narayana rishi - Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature? ...
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Are there any verses which say Vishnu is source of all avatars?

I read answers about Krishna and Rama as source of all avatars on this site. Are there any verses that support Vishnu as source of all avatars? Since there are different Vishnus and such complexity in ...
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Which scriptures mention the Garbhodakshayi and Karanodakshayi forms of Lord Vishnu?

I have heard of different forms of Lord Vishnu such as the Garbhodakshayi, Karanodkashayi and Kshirdakashayi forms. I want to know which all Puranas or Vedic scriptures mention these three? EDIT: ...
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Are there instances wherein a God/Goddess met his/her incarnation?

Are there instances from the Hindu mythology wherein Gods have met their incarnations?
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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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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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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 the swan avatar of Vishnu who taught the Vedas to Bramha?

In the Kamba Ramayana, a Gandharva praises Rama as such: 2575.Oh Rama who is a boar unearthed the earth by your horn, Taking the shape of a swan , you taught Vedas to Lord Brahma, Who ...
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Who are these yoginis?

The yoginis are a group that consistsof 64 goddesses. Some The Sixty-four Yogini as depicted in the complete Hirapur shrine are: •Bahurupa •Tara •Narmada •Yamuna •Shanti ...
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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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What is the story of Grihpati avatar of Lord Shiva?

What is the story of Grihpati avatar of Lord Shiva? Why was he born and who were his parents?
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How did adharma begin?

Lord Vishnu has been destroying adharma since his first avatar and he keeps on destroying adharma by promoting dharma. But how was adharma born in humans? Aren't humans the creation of god?
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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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Help me solve the mystery of age of Yugas and Lord Vishnu's avatars

There are a few things which bother me regularly. Those are: Do the Ramayana and Mahabharata repeat every chaturyuga? If yes, then what is the need of doing this over and over again? I've read that ...
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Does Holi celebration have a link to the Narasimha avatar?

In this question the reason for celebrating Holi was asked but the answer given is based on wikipedia which also says: The Holika bonfire and Holi signifies the celebration of the symbolic victory ...
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Do any of our scriptures mention Kalki avatar is the “Last avatar”?

I know that our scripture Bhavishya Purana mentions that Kalki will be an Avatar of Vishnu. But I want to know if any of our scriptures mention it will be the "Last Avatar". If yes, then after the ...
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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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Did Agni take incarnation among men as per Rig Veda II.4.2?

Rig Veda II.4 is dedicated to Agni. RV II.4.2 says as follows: इमं विधन्तो अपां सधस्थे दवितादधुर्भ्र्गवो विक्ष्वायोः | एष विश्वान्यभ्यस्तु भूमा देवानामग्निररतिर्जीराश्वः || Translation of H.H. ...
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Avatars of past manvantara [duplicate]

Is there any mention on Vishnu Avatars that took birth on earth in the past Manvantara?
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Matsya Avatar in Satya Yuga?

Matsya avatar came at the end of caksusa manavantara as discussed in this answer. I see it mentioned online by many that Matsya avatar came in the satya yuga. However, I am yet to see any puranic ...
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What is the difference between Avatar(Incarnation) and Punarjanma(Rebirth)?

What is the difference between Avatar(Incarnation) and Punarjanma(Rebirth)? Does the first only apply for Swarg Lok and the second apply only for Mrutyu Lok? I mean Avatar happens only with Gods/...
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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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What is the exact birthdate of Kalki avatar going to be?

Some blogs on internet write 'Kalki Avatar will born in next 50-100 years and He will kill all evil people on Earth in third world war'. How far is this true? What do present day astrologers in India ...
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Is there any reincarnation of Ma Saraswati?

Does any reference of Ma Sarswati being reincarnated as another Devi? Ancient Sharada Peeth in Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir is one of the oldest surviving temples of Saraswati. Is there any other temple ...
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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 Kalki an avatar of Vishnu?

Is Kalki an avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu or Siva? Is he a purn-avatar (full incarnation) or ansa-avatar (partial incarnation)? I'm in doubt because persons in Mahabharata like Ashwathama, Samba ...
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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 Govinda Bhagavatpada and Maharishi Patanjali considered incarnations of Sheshnaga?

According to this site, Adi-Shankaracharya's Guru, Govinda Bhagavatpada, was an incarnation of Sheshnaga: According to the legend, Adi Shankara's Guru was an avatar of Lord Vishnu's Shesha nAga. ...
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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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Do the following incarnations of Vishnu have references in Rig Veda/ brAhmanAs/ Upanishads?

Many incarnations of Vishnu, including partial and full, were mentioned in Puranas. In Ramayana, Vamana and Parasurama were mentioned as incarnations of Vishnu, which is disputable. My area of ...
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Was Swami Vivekananda an avatar of Shiva?

Answers to this Quora question say Swami Vivekananda was an incarnation of Shiva. Was Swami Vivekananda mentioned in Hindu scriptures as an avatar of Shiva?
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Has Lord Krishna ever reincarnated or appeared in his ethereal body in this phenomenal world?

Since Krishna's death has he ever reincarnated or appeared in his ethereal body in this phenomenal world? Have there been any recorded sightings or visitations. I am not asking about other Vishnu ...
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Why do some temples show Balarama as 8th avatar of vishnu

While visiting Kanchipuram temple in Tamil Nadu, I noticed that they displayed Balrama as 8th avatar of Vishnu, Krishna as 9th and skipped Buddha. Balrama is actually an avatar of Sheshnaga with a ...
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Were Nara-Narayana cursed by Sage Durvasa?

According to the adherents of the Swaminarayana sect, Nara-Narayana, the twin-pair avatara of Lord Vishnu, were cursed by Sage Durvasa which supposedly led Nara-Narayana to incarnate as Sahajanand ...
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Is Avatar of Mohini a sign of support for homosexuality?

Vishnu took the female role of Mohini during Samudra Manthan(churning of the ocean). Few misinterpret it to be gay interest of Hindu God Vishnu and that prompts some Hindu Godmen/sannyasis to fool ...
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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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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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Do any scriptures describe Hanuman to be an incarnation of Vayu?

As described in this answer, Hanuman is considered to be an incarnation of Shiva. However, the Madhwa sect believes Vayu had the 3 incarnations, of which, the first was Hanuman (Sripad Madhvacharya is ...
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Did Vishnu have three Vamana incarnations as Rupa Goswami says?

One of Vishnu's most famous incarnations is that of Vamana the dwarf. The story is told throughout Hindu scripture, as I discuss in this question. Just to refresh people's memories, the story goes ...

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