Lord Vishnu is one of the main Hindu deities. He is also a part of the holy trinity along with Brahma and Shiva. Lord Vishnu was married to Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and prosperity. One of the features shared by all Vishnu avatars is his blue skin that depicts his formless and infinite powers. He is often depicted holding a mace which is a symbol of power and authority, a lotus which denotes purity and perfection, a conch shell which symbolises the five elements of earth, water, fire, sky and air, a Sudarshan chakra which is known to destroy evil. Known as the protector and preserver of the cosmic harmony lord Vishnu has incarnated in various forms through the yugas. These incarnations are known as the avatars of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that every time mankind is faced with any problem or evil Lord Vishnu has descended in different avatars to restore the cosmic order, dharma and righteousness. According to the Hindu scriptures there are ten avatars of Lord Vishnu also called the dasavatara. Embark upon your spiritual journey with The House of Ram’s premium range of wellness wearables infused with the purity and goodness of Tulsi
Matsya (fish) Avatar
This is the first avatar of lord Vishnu that appeared in the Satya yuga. It was in the form of a human torso with the tail of a fish. It was this fish that warned King Manu of the great flood that would destroy the world. He directed Manu to gather all beings onto a boat crafted by the God’s and fasten it to the fish’s horn. Lord Vishnu then guided this boat to Mt Himavan and kept it there till the flood was over in the new era.
Kurma (turtle) Avatar
Lord Vishnu incarnated as half turtle and half human to save earth during a feud between the Gods (devas) and the demons (asuras) at the time of samudra manthan. Following the curse of the Durvasa the Gods and the demons were in constant struggle for supremacy. As per Lord Vishnu’s suggestions the only way Gods could regain advantage over the demons was by consuming the nectar of immortality (Amrit) which was hidden in the depths of the ocean and could be only procured by churning it. Both the Gods and demons decided to take part in the churning of the ocean but they needed a stable base for the process. This is when Lord Vishu took the form of the Kurma and provided support to Mt Mandara placing it on his back while serpent Vasuki was used as the churning rope wrapping it around the mountain.
Varaha (Boar) Avatar
To retrieve the Vedas and to save the world from the atrocities of demon Hiranyaksha Lord Vishnu incarnated as a boar. He used his tusks and pulled out the earth from pataal lok and returned the Vedas safely to Lord Brahma.
In response to Prahlada's devotion and Hiranyakasyapa's challenge Lord Vishnu incarnated as a half lion and half human to defeat the King of demons Hiranyakashyap. Hiranyakashyap had received a boon from Lord Brahma according to which he could not be killed by a man or animal, during the day or night, indoors or outdoors, by any weapon and neither on land, air or water. In a fierce battle Narsimha placed Hiranyakashyap on his lap and tore him apart using his sharp claws bypassing all the conditions of the boon.
Vamana (the dwarf) Avatar
At a time when the growing power of demon king Bali the grandson of Prahlada became a threat to the divine order. Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as a Brahmin dwarf named Vamana and visited Bali. He requested Bali for as much land as he could cover in three steps, amused by the dwarf he granted him the wish. Lord Vishnu transformed into a giant and covered the entire earth and heaven in just two steps and placed his third step on Bali’s head pushing him to the Pataal lok.
This avatar of Lord Vishnu is associated with the purpose of preserving dharma (righteousness) and eradicating adharma (unrighteousness). Parashurama was born to the sage Jamadagni and his wife Renuka, and he was named Parashurama due to his prowess with the axe which he got from Lord Shiva after intense penance.
The seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, Ram is the central character of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana. Rama is revered as the embodiment of dharma, the ideal son, husband, and king. His life and teachings provide guidance on righteous living and moral values. View our Premium Ram Chandra Incense Stick which is blessed at Hanuman Garhi Temple in Ayodhya.
The eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is one of the most loved deities in Hinduism. He played a pivotal role in the epic Mahabharata. He served as a charioteer and guide to Prince Arjuna during the Kurukshetra War, where the Pandavas fought against their cousins, the Kauravas. It was during this time that Krishna delivered the "Bhagavad Gita," a discourse on life, duty, righteousness, and devotion, which is considered one of the most important philosophical and spiritual texts in Hinduism.
Balarama (Krishna’s elder brother)
Balarama's story is intertwined with that of Lord Krishna, and together, they represent a dual divine force. Balarama is said to have been born to Vasudeva and Rohini, just like Krishna.
According to some other versions of mythology Lord Buddha is also thought to be the ninth avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is the founder of the Buddhist religion practised around the world.
This will be the tenth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and will appear at the end of Kali yuga which is the current period. It is believed that Lord Vishnu will incarnate himself as Kalki and will appear riding a white horse carrying a blazing sword in his hand.