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Aditya Singla

Marketing Manager (Nestle) | Updated 09 Aug, 2018 |

How many manifestations or avatars of Lord Vishnu are there?

Urmila Solanki

BBA in mass communication | Posted 14 Aug, 2018

While talking about various incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the one that comes to mind is that of Lord Krishna. But Lord Vishnu descended on Earth in almost every epoch to defeat external amd internal demons. Here are three avatars of Lord Vishnu:

Narsimha (Satyuga Avatar)

In Satyuga, while Hiranyakashyapa used to hate lord Vishnu, his own son Prehlad was his devotee. We all know the legend of Holika, who burnt hin her own fires as Lord Vishnu saved Prehlad from the burning. Hiranyakashyap had a boon that he can be killed neither by a man nor an animal, neither in day nor at night, neither inside home nor outside home. When Hiranyakashyap’s sins increased Lord Vishnu incarnated as Narsimha to kill him. He was killed by a half man half beast, at twilight, on the periphery of his home.


Lord Rama

Lord Vishnu took birth as lord Rama in Treta Yuga to kill the demons. We all are familiar with the great Hindu epic Ramayana, when Lord Rama killed Ravana.


Gautam Buddha

Gautam Buddha never called himself a God but earned many followers during his lifetime. He started Buddhism, a religion which in based on truth and non-violence.


(Translated from Hindi by team Lets Dikuss)

Sikandar khan

Engineer at KW Group | Posted 09 Aug, 2018

It is said that whenever Earth and its inhabitants are in distress, Lord Vishnu comes here in one form or another to help us humans.

Some of the forms or manifestations of Lord Vishnu that he had taken and came on Earth are as follows:

Sri Sankadi Muni

The world was created because of the penance that Lord Brahma did and impressed by this penance of Brahma, Lord Vishnu took four manifestations on Earth. These are, Sanak, Sananadan, Sanatan and Santkumar. These are the very first manifestation of Lord Vishnu.

Varah Avatar

When Hiranya Kashyap threw the Earth in an Ocean, Lord Vishnu took Varah Avatar. In Varah avatar, Lord Vishnu rescued Earth by uplifting it on his teeth.

Narada avatar

One of the many avatars of Lord Vishnu, is that of Narada. Narada is a Vedic sage, famous in Hindu traditions as a traveling musician and storyteller, who carries news and enlightening wisdom.


To establish righteousness, Lord Vishnu took the avatars of Nara and Narayan. Here Nara is the human and Narayana is the god. Even today, if a girl is facing problems in getting married, she’s married to Narayana, or god before she marries Nara, or a man.

Baaman Devta
To counter the arrogance of Danveer Karna is Mahabharata, Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Baaman Devta. In this avatar, he asked for three feet of earth as a donation and took the whole universe from him.

Koorm Avatar

When the gods and the demons were fighting for the elixir, or Amrita, and there took place the churning of the ocean, or Samudra Manthan, Lord Vishnu reincarnated as Koorm or tortoise. It was on the back of Koorm that Madranchal mountain was placed and the ocean was churned.


Translated from Hindi by Team Lets Diskuss