Among Lakhs of gods worshipped by the Hindus all over the world, Lord Vishnu is one of the most significant deities. He is considered to be the Supreme God. Moreover, he is also conceived as “the Preserver or the Protector”. It is believed that Lord Vishnu assumes five forms:
. The Para form, i.e., the Paravasudeva.
. The Vyuha Form, i.e., the form of Krishna, Sankarshana, Anirudda, Pradyumna.
. The Vibhava form.
. The Antaryami form
. The Arcavatara form.
According to mythology, Lord Vishnu had appeared in eight incarnations. The following are the incarnations.
In the form of fish, he saves Manu, the first man, from deluge
In the form of tortoise, supports Mount Mandara on his back to help in the churning of ocean (Samudra-Manthan).
In the form of boar, slews the daemon Hiranyaksha and retrieves the Earth from the Ocean.
In the form of half lion/half man, kills Hiranyakashipu to save his devotee Prahlad.
In the form of tiny man, restore the gods’ authority over the heavens, which were taken away by force by the king Bali. He asks him 3 feet of land and then covers heaven to earth and earth to the other worlds in two steps, and then Bali requests him to put the third step on his head.
In the form of a human, kills destructive and corrupt monarchs that have pillaged Earth’s resources, and neglected their duties as kings – 21 times.
One of the most famous forms kills the famous demon Ravana. The epic is famously known as Ramayana.
He was again a very famous form. The Godhead of the greatest epic Mahabharata and tell the truths about life, which are compiled as Bhagavad Gita
Attained enlightenment and His teachings promoted spiritualism and Nirvana.
Foretold to appear at the end of Kali Yuga, our current epoch, Puranas foretell that he will be atop a white horse with a drawn blazing sword.
Of all the avataras Mohini is the only female avatar, but the most beguiling of them all. She is portrayed as an enchantress, who maddens lovers, sometimes leading them to their doom. Unlike the Dasavataras, which appear on Earth during a certain period, Vishnu takes up Mohini avatara during many time periods. In the original text, Mohini is referred to as simply an enchanting, female form of Vishnu.
The fact that Lord Vishnu is one of the most worshipped Lords in this world can be proved from the amount of idols of Lord Vishnu bought by people.