Vishnu’s Kalki Avatar
Kalki is believed to be Vishnu’s tenth and final of the Dashavatar (ten incarnations).
It is believed that when Krishna left the Earth, the world passed into Kali Yuga (dark ages) where goodness and purity were diminished and darkness reigned.
Kalki will appear at the end of Kali Yuga, riding a white horse and carrying a sword of fire. His appearance is meant to signify the victory of good or evil, the end of Kali Yuga and the beginning of Satya Yuga (the age of truth).
Birth Of Kalki Avatar
Kalki will be born in the mythical kingdom of Shambhala to a devout Vishnu devotee.
One of Vishnu’s earlier avatars, Parashurama is thought to still be alive on Earth today waiting for Kalki to appear and will act as his mental and spiritual guru. He will instruct him in performing severe penance so that he receives the weapons and arms he needs.
There is no agreement about when Kalki will appear however and accounts vary.
It is generally accepted that Kalki will be born between April and May as the Vishnu Purana and Kalki Purana both say he will be born twenty-one fortnights after Janamashtami, which usually falls in August.
There is no agreement on the year, however. Some believe that each yuga is 432,000 years and it is thought that we are only 5,000 years into the current yuga meaning it will be another 428,000 years before Kalki appears,
Kalki In Other Religions
The fact that Kalki is still to take form means there is a certain enigma about him. What is interesting is that his coming is acknowledged by other faiths as well:
- In Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh predicted the coming of Kalki at the end of the ‘Iron Age’
- Followers of the Bahai faith have interpreted their founder, Bahá’u’lláh to be the incarnation of Kalki
- Followers of the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect believe their founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to be Kalki’s avatar.