HinduNet
  
Forums Chat Annouce Calender Remote
Major Sections

God in Hindu Dharma and Representation in Temples

Concept of God in Hindu Dharma
All Major Deities on One Page
The Hindu Trinity
Forms of God
Forms of Goddess
Avatars of Lord Vishnu
Devatas
Planet Deities
Animal Deities


HinduNet on Facebook
Hindu Universe > God, Sages and Gurus > God in Hindu Dharma and Representation in Temples > Avatars of Lord Vishnu

avatar_title.gif (5813 bytes)

Explore this
topic in detail
Recommend
this page


Comment on this page


Print this
page

Create / Join Club

Hindu
Universe

Links

Articles


Online Books


Hindu Web

Discussion

Book- store

Related Sections

Vishnu.jpeg (92619 bytes)

Lord Vishnu's preserving, protecting powers have been manifested to the world in a variety of forms, called Avatars, in which one or more of his divine attributes were embodied in the shape of a human being or an animal or a human-animal combined form, possessing great and sometimes supernatural powers. All these Avatars of Vishnu appeared in the world either to correct some great evil or to effect some great good on earth. These avatars are ten in number, however, the Bhag wad Purana increases them to twenty two and adds further that are innumerable.

Of the ten universally recognized avatars, nine have already manifested whereas the tenth is yet to appear.

It is important to note that the all the Avatars are earthly form of Lord Vishnu , who himself is eternal, unchangeable and immutable.

Parashurama shows the man of power, Rama the Divine warrior and protector, Krishna the Divine lover, Buddha the Divine sage, and Kalki the completer and saviour . In this scheme we see the idea of the evolution of the soul from the animal re alms to perfect spiritual knowledge.

The idea of the messiah came to the western religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam from the Zoroastrian religion of ancient Persia. Zoroastrianism has similar incarnations of Vrithragna (Indra). Hence it is related to the avatar idea of the Hindus.

Note : In some versions Buddha is replaced by Balarama. We have given a description of both.

Pictures in this section are courtsey Hindu Students Council of the University of Virginia

Back ] Up ] Next ]

hand.gif (968 bytes) Avatar of Lord Vishnu
Matsya
Kurma
Varaha
Narasingh
Vaman
Parasuram
Rama
Balaram
Buddha
Krishna
Kalki


Advertise with us!
This site is part of Dharma Universe LLC websites.
Copyrighted 2009-2014, Dharma Universe.