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Dashavataram Of Lord Vishnu

The are the ten primary avatars of Vishnu, a principal Hindu god. Vishnu is said to descend in the form of an avatar to restore cosmic order.

Brief Introduction to Dashavatara’s of Lord Vishnu.

Matsya avatar: Matsya, the fish was the first avatar of lord Vishnu. In this appearance Vishnu saved the world from a great flood. Manu, the first man, caught a little fish that grew to giant size. When the flood approached, Manu saved himself by tying his boat to the horn on the fish’s head. After which he takes his ship to the new world along with one of every species of plant and animal, gathered in a massive cyclone.

Kurma avatar: Vishnu has to take the form of a tortoise to save the gods from annihilation. In the satya Yuga, the devas and asuras churns the ocean in order to get the nectar of immortality, using Mandara mountain as the churning staff, the mountain starts sinking, at that point, Vishnu incarnates as tortoise to bear the weight of the mountain.

Varaha avatar: After the asuraHiranyaksha managed to please Lord Brahma by a great penance, he received the boon of invincibility against all beings. When the all mighty king, Hiranyaksha captured the earth and drags the planet earth to the bottom of the ocean, Vishnu takes the form of boar. He not only killed the demon, but also rescued the earth with one great dive into the ocean.

Narasimha avatar: The invincibility turn the asura king Hiranyakashipu into a tyrant and he assumed he was the supreme power of the universe. His son, Prahalad was a devotee of Vishnu. Vishnu appeared on earth as Narasimha, with the body of a man and the head and claws of a lion. He arrived at dusk, a time which is neither day nor night; he appeared in the courtyard, thus it was neither indoors nor outdoors, and tore the asura apart with his bare nails.

Vamana avatar: Vishnu appeared as vamana, a dwarf brahman. The purpose of Vamana avatar is to protect the devas who have been rendered homeless ever since Bali, having consolidated his powers, is reigning supreme over the three worlds. King Bali obliged by the presence of a Brahman, offered him whatsoever he demanded. Vamana asked for huge proportion of land that could be covered by his three steps. Hearing this, Bali was amused as he imagined the little stretch of land that the dwarf Brahman would claim. However Vamana soon assumed huge proportions, with his first step claiming the heavens and his second step claiming the netherworlds.

Parashurama avatar: Vishnu incarnated Parshurama Avatar in Treta- Yug to exterminate kshatriyas kings who strayed from their path and had become a great burden to Bhoomidevi (Mother Earth) and her children. In treta yug their was a kshatriya king named Arjuna, who had thousand arms. He had appeased Lord Dattatreya and has secured boons from him which had made him invincible. But Arjuna misused his powers and became a merciless tyrant. o end his bad deeds and avenge all kshatriyas kings who had become evil and were troubling the brahmins, Lord Vishnu came to earth in Parashurama avatar.Parshu means axe and so his name means Rama-with-the-axe. He was born in Brighu clan to Sage Jamadagni and Renuka. They had four sons and Parashurama was the youngest son and the most powerful and aggressive one.

Lord Rama: This avatar's purpose was to kill King Ravana, but more than this mission, his life was a lesson for mankind. He taught the importance of standing up to the values of virtue, fairness, truth and strength of character.

Lord Krishna: Krishna plays a pivotal role in the epic battle of Kurukshetra, between the Kauravas and Pandavas. Krishna expounded various philosophies as guidelines for life, which are known as the Bhagwad Gita, one of the most revered texts of Hindu philosophy.

Buddha: The ninth avatar is Gautam Buddha - the founder of Buddhism. His penances under a Bodhi tree resulted in Enlightenment. He then spread the message of an eightfold middle path to create peace in daily life.

Kalki: The tenth and last incarnation of Vishnu is yet to appear. His appearance will mark the end of Kali Yuga, after which the Krita Yuga will again begin where purity of mind will reigns over everything.

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