Re: Historical origins of Dashavatara ? -- another question
Subject: Re: Historical origins of Dashavatara ? -- another question
From: BALA.DESHPANDE@m.cc.utah.edu (zeppeler)
Date: 25 May 1994 01:19:15 GMT
Organization: University Of Utah Computer Center
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email@example.com (H. Krishna Susarla) writes:
# I would like to add a followup question to this which I am very curious about.
# Vishnu obviously has more than 10 avataras. For example, the Mohini incarnation
# which appeared to deceive the Rakshasas and allow the Devas to drink the
# Amrita. Also, I recall that there was another female incarnation which appeared
# to save Shiva from a Rakshasa whom Shiva had granted the power to incinerate
# someone upon touch. Also, I heard that Balrama, Krishna's brother, and the
# brothers of Rama, are also incarnations of Vishnu.
I am not sure if Mohini is technically considered an avatara.
Although i would like to know why...
Also i am sure that Balarama and Laxmana are NOT avatars of Vishnu,
but of Adisesha, his seven headed serpent.
# Why is it said, then, that Vishnu only has 10 avataras. What distinguishes them
# from other incarnations (like Balrama, or Lakshmana??)??
# -- Krishna