21 Avataras of Lord Vishnu

In the Bhagavata Purana, innumerable avatars of Vishnu are mentioned. Among them forty avatars are specific. In the first book, listed numerically are the Twenty-two avatars of Vishnu.

They are as follows:

  1. Four Kumaras are the four Sons of god Brahma.
  2. Varaha is the Lord who battled with Hiranyaksa and lifted the earth out of the ocean.
  3. Narada is a devotee of Vishnu and the divine-sage who travels the worlds.
  4. Nara-Narayana is the twin-sages
  5. Kapila is one of the founders of the Samkhya School of philosophy and a sage.
  6. Dattatreya is the avatar that is combined of the Hindu trinity namely Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
  7. Yajna is known as the lord of fire-sacrifice.
  8. Rishabha is the father of King Bahubali and Bharata.
  9. Prithu is the sovereign-king who invented agriculture and is known for milking the earth as a cow in order to get the world’s vegetation and grain.
  10. Matsya is the one who appeared to Manu in order to save him from the flood.
  11. Kurma is the one who supported the process of amrit-manthan.
  12. Dhanvantari is a physician to the Devas and the father of Ayurveda medicine.
  13. Mohini is the enchantress
  14. Narasimha is the one who vanquished Hiranyakasipu in order to save Prahlada, his ardent devotee.
  15. Vamana is the one who brought out the humility in Mahabali and was born to Aditi.
  16. Parashurama is the one who cleaned three times over the earth of all Kshatriyas.
  17. Vyasa is the one who the compiler of the Puranas and the epic Mahabharata
  18. Rama is the one who vanquished the Rakshasa Ravana.
  19. Balarama is the one who participated in the Mahabharata along with Lord Krishna
  20. Then Buddha

Kalki is the one who will incarnate at the end of the present Kaliyuga with Parashurama as his personal guru.

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