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Avataras of Lord Vishnu


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Lord Vishnu or Lord Narayana is an important diety for all Hindus and is considered as the Supreme Lord or the Supreme Personality of Godhead (purushottama) by Vaishnavas. Lord Vishnu as one of the trinity Gods of Hinduiam, is responsible for preseving and protecting the existance of of the creation.

In Bhagavadgita, Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, promised that whenever there is a crisis of righousness (or dharma) and whenever the evil prevails, He would manifest in this world protect the Dharma, to punish the evil forces.

An 'avatara' is a maifestation or incarnation of the full or part of the divine personality of Godhead in some human or non-human form to perform a special divine duty to upload dharma. Such incarnations often express the divine qualities of the Lord.

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 Bhagavata Purana increases them to twenty two and adds further that the divine incarnations 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.



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