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What Are The 10 Avatar Of Vishnu?

In Hinduism, Lord Vishnu is believed to have incarnated on Earth in various forms, known as avatars, to restore cosmic order and protect dharma (righteousness).

The ten most prominent avatars of Vishnu, known as the Dashavatara, are as follows:

1. Matsya (The Fish): Vishnu's first avatar, in which he appears as a fish, saves the ancient texts and the sage Manu from a great flood, symbolizing preservation and protection.

2. Kurma (The Tortoise): Vishnu takes the form of a tortoise to support Mount Mandara during the churning of the cosmic ocean (Samudra Manthan) by the gods and demons to obtain the nectar of immortality (amrita).

3. Varaha (The Boar): In this avatar, Vishnu appears as a boar to rescue the Earth (personified as the goddess Bhudevi) from the demon Hiranyaksha by lifting her out of the cosmic ocean with his tusks.

4. Narasimha (The Man-Lion): Vishnu takes on the form of a half-man, half-lion to vanquish the demon king Hiranyakashipu, who was granted a boon of invincibility but had a loophole in it, thus protecting his devotee Prahlada.

5. Vamana (The Dwarf): In this avatar, Vishnu appears as a dwarf Brahmin to subdue the demon king Bali, who had gained control over the three worlds. Vishnu asks for three paces of land and, with his first two steps, covers the entire universe, restoring it to the gods.

6. Parashurama: Vishnu incarnates as Parashurama, a Brahmin warrior with an axe, to rid the world of corrupt Kshatriya rulers and restore dharma.

7. Rama: Lord Rama, the protagonist of the epic Ramayana, is considered the seventh avatar of Vishnu. He exemplifies ideal kingship, righteousness, and devotion to duty.

8. Krishna: Lord Krishna, the central character of the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita, is the eighth avatar of Vishnu. He teaches important lessons on duty, righteousness, and the path to spiritual liberation.

9. Buddha: Some interpretations consider Buddha as the ninth avatar of Vishnu. Buddha preached non-violence, compassion, and the Middle Way to achieve enlightenment.

10. Kalki: It is believed that Kalki is the future avatar of Vishnu, who is yet to appear. He will come riding on a white horse at the end of Kali Yuga, the current age of darkness and degradation, to restore righteousness and usher in a new era, known as Satya Yuga.

These ten avatars of Vishnu represent various aspects of cosmic balance, divine intervention, and the eternal cycle of creation, preservation, and destruction in Hindu cosmology.

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