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:
- Four Kumaras are the four Sons of god Brahma.
- Varaha is the Lord who battled with Hiranyaksa and lifted the earth out of the ocean.
- Narada is a devotee of Vishnu and the divine-sage who travels the worlds.
- Nara-Narayana is the twin-sages
- Kapila is one of the founders of the Samkhya School of philosophy and a sage.
- Dattatreya is the avatar that is combined of the Hindu trinity namely Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
- Yajna is known as the lord of fire-sacrifice.
- Rishabha is the father of King Bahubali and Bharata.
- 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.
- Matsya is the one who appeared to Manu in order to save him from the flood.
- Kurma is the one who supported the process of amrit-manthan.
- Dhanvantari is a physician to the Devas and the father of Ayurveda medicine.
- Mohini is the enchantress
- Narasimha is the one who vanquished Hiranyakasipu in order to save Prahlada, his ardent devotee.
- Vamana is the one who brought out the humility in Mahabali and was born to Aditi.
- Parashurama is the one who cleaned three times over the earth of all Kshatriyas.
- Vyasa is the one who the compiler of the Puranas and the epic Mahabharata
- Rama is the one who vanquished the Rakshasa Ravana.
- Balarama is the one who participated in the Mahabharata along with Lord Krishna
- Then Buddha
Kalki is the one who will incarnate at the end of the present Kaliyuga with Parashurama as his personal guru.