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- Vishnu Definition (below)
- Vishnu Outline Page
- Vishnu Masterworks
- Hindu Main Page
- Hindu Gods Index/Glossary
- Confusions
- Others...

Ten Avatars of Vishnu:
These ten avatars, or incarnations, of Vishnu are divided into four periods of time or ages of the world. In the first age are the Fish, Tortoise, Boar and Man-lion incarnations. In the second age are the Dwarf, Rama with an Axe and Rama of the Ramayana Epic. For the third age is Krishna. The fourth age is represented by the Buddha and Kalki. Kalki has yet to come.
--- Matsaya Avatar
--- Kurma Avatar
--- Varaha Avatar
--- Narasimha Avatar
--- Vamana Avatar
--- Parashu Rama Avatar
--- Krishna Avatar
--- Bala Rama Avatar
--- Buddha Avatar
--- Kalki Avatar

Other Forms & Related Gods:
--- One face, two hands
--- One face, four hands
--- One face, six hands
--- One face, eight hands
--- Three faces, four hands
--- Vaikuntha Kamalaja
--- Vaishnavi (related to Vishnu)
--- Varahi (related to Varaha Avatar)
--- Narasimhi (related to Narasimha Avatar)
--- Lakshmi
--- Garuda
--- Others...

- Vishnu as a retinue figure in Buddhist Mandalas
- Trampled underfoot by Buddhist Deities
- Others...

Buddhist Adaptations:
- Amoghapasha (similar appearance)
- Kalachakra / Shambhala Mythology
- Kalki Avatar & Shambhala Vidyadhara
- Varahi Vajrayogini
- Others...

Jeff Watt, 9-2005 [Updated 4-2015, 5-2017]