The Concept of Avatar

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Definition: An incarnation of God descended to earth to restore righteousness and defeat evil.

Nature

  • Mainly associated with God seen as Vishnu of whom there are said to be 10 avatars.
  • Matsya: The fish-avatar who saved Manu
  • Kurma: The tortoise-avatar who helped in the Samudra manthan 
  • Varaha: The boar-avatar who rescued the earth from the ocean
  • Narasimha: The half man-half lion avatar who killed the tyrant demon-king
  • Vamana: The dwarf-avatar who subdued the king Maha Bali
  • Parashurama: The sage with the axe who killed the thousand-armed king Kartavirya Arjuna
  • Rama: The king of Ayodhya, and the hero of the Ramayana
  • Krishna: The king of Dwarka 
  • Gautama Buddha
  • Kalki: 'Eternity'

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