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's the story of Bhasmasura in which Lord Vishnu came as a Brahmin and Mohini?

I came across two different avatars of Vishnu for killing Bhasmasura while reading about Lord Shiva and lord Vishnu. In one tale Vishnu came as Brahmin to deceive Bhasmasura and in another he came as ...
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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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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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Does Valmiki Ramayana or Vyasa Mahabharata or Srimad Baghavatham contain the names of ten incarnations(dashavatharas only)?

Do any one of the following scriptures contain the ten incarnations (dashavathara only) of Vishnu? Valmiki Ramayana Vyasa Mahabharata Srimad Baghavatham
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What was the reason of birth of chaitanya mahaprabhu? [duplicate]

What was the reason of birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu being an avatar of god he was not able to create huge impact on the world instead almost negligible people in the world today know him whereas ...
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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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What is Vishnu's body made of according to Vaishnavism and Advaita?

What is Vishnu's body made up of? What are the bodies made of when he incarnates as Rama, Krishna, Narasimha? Is Vishnu soul or the body? When he incarnates does he enter other avatars bodies? I want ...
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Reason for no female incarnations without accompanying male gods?

Almost all the incarnations of female goddesses such as Sita, Rukmini, and Satya etc., have an accompanying male gods Rama, Krishna etc., There are many male avatars such as Matsya, Kurma, Vamana, ...
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When Narasimha swamy incarnated? on Trayodashi or Chaturdasi day?

When Narasimha swamy incarnated? on Trayodashi or Chaturdasi day? Someone says Chaturdasi and some says different. which is the correct one?
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What are the 28 yugas of Lord Vitthala?

Lord Vitthala is said to have been on earth for 28 yugas. What are these 28 yugas? Source 1 Source 2 It is emphasized in his stories and also is sung in his aarti.
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Why adharma rises after each avathar of lord vishnu?

God come to earth for destroying adharma but why he is coming again and again isn't one avathar enough for him to destroy adharma? Why he can't destroy adharma within one avathar?
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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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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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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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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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Did Lord Vishnu have any avatar in other parts of world as well?

People believe Krishna was God. And it's not a fiction, it was reality. So when it's reality, we must admit he saw whole world by same eyes. And he is/was Dharma. He is/was everything. Personally I ...
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Which texts mention Patanjali other than Yoga Sutras? Which scriptures mention that Patanjali is an incarnation of Shesha?

Do texts besides Yoga Sutras mention Patanjali? In which Shruti and Smriti text Patanjali is mentioned as an incarnation of Shesha?
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Where can I find a reference to all the avatars of Mahadev? [duplicate]

I came to know from a friend that the lord Mahadev had 11 Maha-avatars like Piplad, Veer-bhadra, Grihpati etc,. Can anyone help me out that from where can I get information about all of them? Thanks....
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Goddess Kaali as Shri Krishna

It is widely known that Lord Sri Krishna is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Yet recently I came across a story where it is said that Goddess Kaali incarnated as Lord Sri Krishna. Is this mentioned in ...
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Development of Man's form along with God's Avatar

Are time varying successive forms that came about with evolution of God in Hindu view .. the same for the perceiving Man as well with God as a superior contemporary Entity? I mean if God is in Fish ...
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Is Guru Nanak's advent present in any scripture?

According to this website, the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism religion, is said to have been foretold in the scriptures. Though most of the verses they quoted were feeble attempts to ...
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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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On what basis Avataras are classified as Rudra Avatar & Vishnu Avatar?

When àtmà is the one & indwelling in both Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu and When same àtmà manifests or descents on the earth, then why some Avatars are called Shiva Avatars or some Vishnu? On what ...
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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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Why is Lakshmana not considered an incarnation of Vishnu?

According to the Mahabharata, Balarama is mentioned to be an incarnation of Adi-Shesha-Naga: And Baladeva of exceeding strength was a portion of the Naga, Shesha. (Mahabharata 1.61.91) On the ...
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Did our scriptures mention any avatar that Parabrahma has taken?

We know Lord Vishnu's avatars and we mostly have knowledge of different forms of deities and their leela. But does our scriptures have any accounts of avatars of Parabrahma?
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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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Can anyone provide me all the verses of Buddha and their translations in the puranas?

From wikipedia, I found Lord Buddha who is said to be the ninth avatara of Vishnu to be mentioned in the following texts: Harivamsa (1.41) Vishnu Purana (3.18) Bhagavata Purana (1.3.24, 2.7.37, 11.4....
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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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Is Laxman an avatar of Sheshnag?

I heard that Laxman is an avatar of Sheshnag? Is this true?
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Why does Narayana take incarnation if He says- I dislike taking Avataara?

In ShreemadDeviBhagawatam, First Skandha, Fourth Chapter Conversation between Vishnu and Brahma Vishnu says- शक्तिरूपं महाभाग किं पृच्छसि पुनः पुनः॥ ५२॥ O Highly Fortunate Brahma! even after ...
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How to know if someone is a Deva or an incarnation of a Deva?

How to know if someone is a Deva or an incarnation of a Deva? Do Hindu scriptures talk about how to determine whether someone who claims he is a god or avatar of a god, is actually one?
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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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In which yuga was lord Dattatreya born? [duplicate]

In which yuga was Dattatreya born? Was it Dwapara yuga or Kali yuga?
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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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Avatars of Garuda

Whenever Lord Vishnu descended on earth in human form, all demigods like Indra,Vayu, Surya, Adi Shesha and others also came along with Him. When Lord Vishnu took Ramavatara, Adi Shesha was born as 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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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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Sita- Avatar of Lakshmi goddess or next birth of a pious woman?

In Ramayana, I have read somewhere that Sita is Avatar of a pious women who was a devotee of God Vishnu in previous birth. Please let me know the related sloka from Ramayana?
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Significance of weapons in Vishnu's Chaturvyuha avatars

I read somewhere that the combination of weapons in the four hands of Vishnu's chaturvyuha avatars results in 4 factorial or 24 combinations of Vishnu's tattvas but what do each of these signify?
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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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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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Did Vishnu ever appear as two purnavatharas at same time?

It is evident from scriptures that multiple ansavatharas of Vishnu existed at same time may or may not be along with his purnavathar. But did Vishnu ever appear as two or more purnavatharas at the ...
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Where is the next incarnation of Caitanya Mahaprabhu supposed to be born? And where is that written?

Matua devotees state that in the orthodox Vaiṣṇava scriptures it is written that Chaitanya will be reincarnated and will appear again in the land of Iśān (the cardinal direction of north-east). This ...
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Are Gods permitted to become non-vegetarians in their mortal form?

I'm making an assumption that every God is a vegetarian? Is the God permitted to consume flesh in his mortal form which is to say his incarnation? Is there any mention in the scriptures to prevent him ...
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What is the correct procedure to chant Narasimha 32 letters maha mantra?

The correct Narasimha maha mantra with 32 letters is: उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखं । नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहं ।। Please note that a screenshot from Nrisimha Tapani ...
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Kalki — Birth or Destruction

It is easy to understand why Lord Vishnu, descended on Earth taking avatars. To finish evil. But why is it necessary for him to descend on earth? If he comes to earth to save us, that means he is the ...
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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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Which scriptures discuss purusha avatars?

This article lists 6 categories of avatars one of them being Purusha Avatar: Purusha avataras Lila avataras Guna avataras Manvantara avataras Yuga avataras Shaktyavesha avataras ...