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Avatars of Vishnu

Posted on: October 2, 2011

Avatars of Vishnu

Lord Vishnu is prominent as the Preserver of the universe.
Vishnu’s restoring, shielding and conserving powers have been apparent in the
world in a sequence of ten mortal incarnations known as Avatars. The avatars
appear in order to balance the effect of good and evil upon the earth. It is
believed that nine avatars have already descended, three in non human form, one
in hybrid form and five in human form. Of the ten universally recognized
avatars, nine have already appeared whereas the tenth is yet to appear. These
ten avatars are also known by the name of Dasha Avatar of Vishnu.

All
the Avatars are mortal form of Lord Vishnu, who himself is eternal, consistent
and undeniable. The Dasha Avatar of Vishnu are briefly discussed
here:

Matsya Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of Fish
The first
avatar, Matsya, was taken by Lord Vishnu at the end of the Satyuga (last age),
when a flood destroyed the world. Through this avatar, he saved humanity and the
sacred Veda text from the flood.

Kurma Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the
form of Turtle

The second avatar, Kurma, was taken in the Satyuga (last
age) to help the Devas and to obtain the amrut (nectar) of immortality which was
also sought after by the Asuras (demons). He helped in creating the world by
giving support of his back through this avatar.

Varaha Avatar – Lord
Vishnu in the form of Boar

The third avatar, Varaha, was taken at the end
of the last flood in the Satyuga, when Bhoomi Devi (Earth Mother) sank to the
bottom of the ocean. Vishnu, in the form of varaha, dived into the ocean and
raised the goddess out of the ocean, supported by his two tusks.

Narsimha Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of Half – Man and Half –
Lion

The fourth Avatar, Narsimha, was taken in the Satyuga (last age) to
kill a tyrant demon king. Narsimha is the only avatar which was Hybrid in form
being half human and half animal.

Vamana Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the
form of a Dwarf

The fifth avatar, Vamana, appeared in the Tretayuga in
order to destroy Bali, the king of demons. He came during a huge ceremony
conducted by the king and cleverly asked for just three feet of land, measured
by his own small feet. Vamana covered whole of the earth and the heaven,
subduing Bali into his feet.

Parshurama Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the
form of a Brahmin

The sixth avatar, Parshurama, appeared in the Tretayuga
to destroy the warrior caste. When the kings of the earth became despotic and
started to harm people and saints in the forest, Vishnu incarnated as Parshurama
and destroyed all the kings who were harassing the people.

Rama
Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of the King

The seventh avatar, Rama,
the prince and king of Ayodhaya, appeared in the Tretayuga, to rescue Sita with
his loyal servant Hanuman and his brother, Lakshmana, and killed the demon
Ravana. Lord Rama became one of the most popular gods in the Hindu religion.

Krishna Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of a Cowherd’s
Boy

The eighth avatar, Krishna, along with his brother Balarama, appeared
in the Dwaparyuga to kill the demon king, Kansa. Lord Krishna conveyed the
message of love and humanity to the world. Krishna told the epic poem Bhagavad
Gita to the warrior Arjuna ,in which he acclaimed : ”Whenever Dharma, or the
situation of law and order, is endangered on this world, I incarnate onto this
world to re establish Dharma, law and order, and to protect the Sadhus or saints
and to destroy the evil elements of the society.”

Buddha Avatar –
Lord Vishnu in the Form of Buddha

The ninth avatar, Mahavira Buddha,
appeared in the Kalyuga, to teach the lesson of following a middle path in life.
”Buddha” means ‘the enlightened one’. He taught that all sorrow comes from
attachments and desires, so it’s better to curb all attachments in order to
remain happy.

Kalki Avatar – Lord Vishnu in the form of
Horse

The tenth Avatar, Kalki, (“Eternity”, or “time”, or “The Destroyer
of foulness”), is yet to appear on the earth. And it is expected to appear at
the end of Kali Yuga, the time period in which we currently exist, which will
end in the year 428899 CE.

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1 Response to "Avatars of Vishnu"

pl explain how Buddha can be considered as the ninth avatar of Buddha quoting the appropriate scriptures.
Many learned people consider Lord Balarama as the 9th avatar of Lord Vishnu and this itself may not be correct
because Balarama was Adiseshu( on whom lord Vishnu rested) in his previous avatar .If Balarama could be considered as the 9th avatar,Laksman too should be considered as one of the ten avatars because Lakshman
too was Adiseshu in his previous avatar.
Inclusion of Buddha as the 9th avatar of lord Visnhnu is a recent phenomenon and it appears it has no validation
and incidentally Buddhists do not identify themselves with Hindu religion though the ideology preached by them may be based on Hindu tenets.
Pl therefore provide us necessary clarification on the 9th avatar of Lord Vishnu.
regards.
murty

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