The Story Of Parashurama Vishnu’s Sixth Avatar

The Story Of Parashurama, Vishnu’s Sixth Avatar There are three prominent characters in Hinduism with the name Rama. Rama from Ramayana, Balarama (Krishna’s Brother) and Parashurama. Chronologically, Parahsurama was the first of the three and his name translates as Rama with an axe. Born to the sage Jamadagni, thought to be a direct descendant of Brahma, Parashurama was given the …

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The Vamana Story – Vishnu’s Fifth Avatar

The Vamana Story – Vishnu’s Fifth Avatar As A Dwarf When Prahlad became king of the asuras (demons) after his father Hiranyakashipu was killed by the fourth Vishnu avatar, Narasimha, the asuras became known for their kindness and generosity. It is disputed whether Mahabali, the asura king in this story, was the son or grandson of Prahlad, but in either case, …

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The Narasimha Avatar Story – Vishnu’s Lion Form

Narasimha – Vishnu’s Lion Form The story of Narasimha is actually a continuation from the story of Vishnu’s third avatar, Varaha. As a brief recap, two of Vishnu’s gatekeepers, Jaya and Vijaya, were cursed with a mortal life and while Vishnu was unable to reverse the curse, he offered them the chance to be reborn for 7 lives as his …

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Varaha Avatar – Vishnu’s Third Avatar As A Boar

Varaha Avatar – Vishnu’s Third Avatar As A Boar Varaha avatar is usually listed as Vishnu’s third avatar chronologically. Varaha took the form of a boar to rescue the Earth with his tusks, from the demon Hiranyaksha. The depiction of Varaha avatar does vary depending on the artist’s own impression. Occasionally Varaha is depicted completely as a boar, and occasionally …

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Kurma Vishnu’s Second Avatar, In Turtle Form

Kurma Vishnu’s Second Avatar, In Turtle Form Kurma is usually listed as the second avatar of Lord Vishnu, with Matsya the fish avatar being the first. To understand the role of Kurma, you will need to familiarise yourself with the story of Samudra Manthan, also known churning of the oceans. In short, Lord Indra the king of the Gods, and …

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Matsya – The First Vishnu Avatar

Matsya – The First Vishnu Avatar To understand Lord Vishnu and his 10 avatars, you need to remember that he is known as the Preserver, protecting the world when evil threatens to overpower good. Matsya is usually listed as the first Vishnu avatar to have taken form. The story of Matsya starts with Brahma, who was entering a deep sleep at …

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Lord Brahma Temple? There’s A Reason There Aren’t Many!

Lord Brahma Temple Lord Brahma is revered in Hinduism as the creator of the universe. And yet although he is widely prayed to in most Hindu customs, there are almost no temples dedicated to him as the main deity. In fact one of the only known Lord Brahma temples in the world is the one in Pushkar, Ajmer, India. This …

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Samudra Manthan Story In Full Detail

Samudra Manthan Story The full Samudra Manthan story begins with Indra, king of the devatas, being given a garland as a gift by the sage Durvasa. To show he wasn’t egotistical, he placed the garland on the trunk of his elephant. The elephant let the garland slip from his trunk and trampled it. This enraged Durvasa, who cursed Indra and the …

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Panchmukhi Hanuman – The Full Story

Panchmukhi Hanuman Panchmukhi Hanuman is a less common depiction of Lord Hanuman, showing him with five heads and 10 arms. The Five Heads Of Panchmukhi Hanuman From left to right, the five heads of Panchmukhi Hanuman are usually shown as follows: Varaha – the thid incarnate of Lord Vishnu, with a boar’s head. Varaha is believed to have saved the …

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Saturday In Hinduism

Saturday In Hinduism Saturday, also known as Shanivar in Hindi (शनिवार) is dedicated to Lord Shani (शनि). Shani refers to the planet Saturn.  The word shani (शनि) comes from Śanayē Kramati Saḥ (शनये क्रमति सः), the one who moves slowly, because Saturn takes about 30 years to revolve around the Sun. The Story Of Shani Shani, is the son of Surya, the Hindu Sun god and brother …

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