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1. MATYSA - FISH

2. KURMA - TORTOISE

3.VARAHA - BOAR

4. NARSIMHA - HALF MAN / HALF LION

5. VAMANA - DWARF / MIDGET

6. PARASHURAMA - AXE WIELDING BRAHHAMAN

7. LORD RAMA - THE WISE KING

8. LORD KRISHNA - THE BELOVED KING - BHAGAVAT GITA

9. BUDDHA - THE ENLIGHTENED ONE 

10. KALKI - THE MESSIAH MAN ON A WHITE HORSE

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

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VISHNU MEANS "ALL PERVASIVE” 

OMNIPRESENT, UNIVERSAL, 

EVERYWHERE • THE PRESERVER

BRAHMA (CREATOR), SHIVA (DESTROYER), VISHNU(PRESERVER) 

FORMS HINDU TRINITY (TRIMURTI)

ARAGAN IN TAMIL ONE WHO IS BEAUTIFUL

LOVES TO BE ADORNED ALANKARA SWAMI

IN VAISHNAVISM, VISHNU IS IDENTICAL TO THE FORMLESS 

METAPHYSICAL CONCEPT CALLED BRAHMAN, THE SUPREME, 

THE SVAYAM BHAGAVAN, WHO TAKES VARIOUS AVATARS AS 

"THE PRESERVER, PROTECTOR" WHENEVER THE WORLD IS 

THREATENED WITH EVIL, CHAOS, AND DESTRUCTIVE FORCES

EVOLUTION OF LIFE LONG BEFORE

 CHARLES DARWIN THEORY HINDUISM DEFINED

BLUE COLOR BECAUSE GOD IS INFINITE AND 

ENDLESS LIKE THE SKY AND OCEAN

SLEEPS ON SESHA "DREAMS THE UNIVERSE INTO REALITY" HIS 

NAME MEANS "THAT WHICH REMAINS"WHEN THE WORLD IS 

DESTROYED AT THE END OF THE KALPA, SHESHA REMAINS AS 

HE IS. OCEAN REPRESENTS EVER CHANGING WORLD 

JAGANNATH - JAGGERNAUT WORD CAME FROM JAGANNATH 

LORD OF THE UNIVERSE BRITISH SAW THE RATHA YATHRA 

CHARIOT FESTIVAL AND WERE OVER COME WITH THE POER

AND HENCE THE WORD JAGGERNAUT

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INDIA JAMMU KASHMIR

6TH CENTURY

VISHNU (BOAR & LION)

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CHOLA DYNASTY TAMIL NADU

10TH CENTURY

VISHNU BRONZES USTAVA MURTHIS 

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PANDYA DYNASTY TAMIL/KERALA 

8TH / 9TH CENTURY

VISHNU 

PUNJAB

10TH -11TH  CENTURY

VISHNU SANDSTONE

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HOYSALYA KARNATAKA

12TH  CENTURY

VISHNU

ANDHRA PRADESH

12TH-13TH CENTURY

VISHNU

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VIETNAM 7TH CENTURY 

VISHNU

HARI HARAN (SHIVA/VISHNU)

CAMBODIA 7TH/8TH CENTURY 

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MATSYA Saves the world from a cosmic flood (Noah’s ark), with the help 

of the boat made of the Vedas (knowledge), Satyavrata devotee leads 2 of 

every kind out of flood.and all living beings. Hayagriva steals and tries to 

destroy the Vedas, but Matsya finds the demon, kills him, and returns the 

Vedas. 

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KURMA tortoise avatar. He supports mount Meru, while the gods and demons 

churn the cosmic ocean with the help of serpent Vasuki to produce the nectar of 

immortality (just like churning milk to produce butter). The churning produces 

both the good and the bad, including poison and immortality nectar. Nobody 

wants the poison, everyone wants the immortality nectar. The demons attempt 

to steal the nectar, wherein Vishnu appears as enchantress Mohini avatar, for 

whom they all fall, and give her the nectar.

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VARAHA Boar avatar. He rescues goddess earth when the demon 

Hiranyaksha kidnaps her and hides her into the depths of cosmic 

ocean. The boar finds her and kills the demon, and the goddess holds 

onto the tusk of the boar as he lifts her back to the surface.

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NARSIMHA Half lion-half man avatar. Demon king Hiranyakashipu becomes 

enormously powerful, gains special powers by which no man or animal could kill 

him, not in the day or night (twilight) not indoors or outdoors (courtyard/threshold) 

no weapon (barehands got ripped open) then bullies and persecutes people who

disagree with him, including his own son. The Man-Lion avatar creatively defeats 

those special powers, kills Hiranyakashipu, and rescues demon's son Prahalad 

who opposes his own father. 

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VAMANA Dwarf avatar. Demon king Bali Prahalad’s grandson gains enormous 

powers, ruling the entire universe and abusing it. The dwarf avatar approaches 

Bali in the form of a monk, when Bali is trying to show off by giving alms at a 

sacrifice. Bali offers the dwarf any riches he wants, the monk refuses and asks 

for three steps of land. Bali grants it to him. The dwarf grows, in his first step 

takes the earth, the second all of the heavens, and for the third the netherworld 

where Bali returns to receiving liberation. 

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PARASHURAMA Sage with an axe avatar. The warrior class gets too 

powerful, and seizes other people's property for their own pleasure. The 

avatar appears as a sage with an axe, kills the king Arjuna and all his 

warrior companions.

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RAMA the beloved and noble king. Who won Sita’s hand by

stringing and breaking Lord Shiva’s bow with his might. 

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KRISHNA The beloved king subject of the Mahabharata, the Krishna 

Charit Manas and the Bhagavad Gita

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BUDDHA The enlighted one founder of Buddhism. Some Hindu texts replace 

Buddha with Balarama or with Rishabhanatha, the first Tīrthankara of Jainism.

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KALKI The last avatar appears as man with a white horse with wings, the 

messiah and end of days apocalypse projected to end the Kali yuga, in order 

that the cosmos may renew and restart.