It has been hard to believe for many that there could be a connection between the Evolutionary Theory of the modern world –which is the center of modern Science and something as esoteric as the 10 Avatars of Vishnu.
And yet it has been shown that science and spirituality are linked in many ways. The great sages of the Vaishnava tradition have shown that how manifestations of god shine light on the evolutionary theory.
Although there are unlimited manifestations of many gods, according to the ancient Vaishnava tradition of India The Dashavatar is the representative of the rest. There have been many theories suggested by even foreign authors like Charles Darwin on the link between Vishnu’s Incarnations and the Evolution of Earth.
It is said to be the first avatar of Vishnu, and is said to have rescued the first man from a great disaster. Matsya is in the form with torso of that of a human and the rear half is that of a Fish.
This being the second avatar of Vishnu, succeeding Matsya and preceding Varaha. This incarnation just like Matsya occurred in Satya Yug.
This being the third avatar of Vishnu was in the form of a wild white boar. When the demon Hiranyaksha stole the earth, also know as Bhudevi and hid in the depths of the ocean, then Vishnu took this Avatar, slayed the demon and retrieved the bhudevi and restored it back to its place in the universe.
Is one of the most popular deities that has been worshipped for over a millennium by the vaisnava groups. Vishnu assumed this form over the mountain top of Himvat. ‘The Great Protector’ is what people conceptualize when they pray to Narasimha. This roop by Vishnu was assumed at the time of the demon king Hiranyakashipu to destroy him.
In the Puranas it is known as the fifth avatar of Vishnu and the first avatar assumed in Treta Yug. The vamana was the first human form assumed by Vishnu as a dwarf Brahmin.
This is incarnation of Vishnu is the sixth avatar assumed by him. One of the most short tempered and his famous axe that he received after undertaking penance to please Lord Shiva. Parshurama and the Ravan’s son Indrajit are believed to be the only possessors of the world’s most deadly weapons: Brahmanda astra, Vaishnava astra and pashupatastra. Being a disciple of Shiva, Parshurama learned the arts of warfare and scriptures from him.
The seventh incarnation of Vishnu and king of Ayodhya, has been the protagonist of The Ramayana which gives the ideas of the modern world and narrates his greatness. The epic that describes the relationship of a devotee to his king, Hanuman the disciple of Lord Ram.
Thus avatar of Vishnu, eighth avatar, has been worshipped as the Supreme God over many traditions of Hinduism in a variety of different perspectives. To discuss about some of the perspectives: Krishna has been revered as a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero for Gokul, and the supreme elder who gave direction and guidance to Living Beings in The Bhagvad gita.
This roop has been speculated by Hindu Traditions to be one of the avatars of Vishnu. Some call it by the meaning of his name as ‘a person possessing buddhi’ and some refer it to the founder of Buddhism.
This is the final incarnation of Vishnu in the current times of Mahayuga, which is yet to appear at the end of Kall Yug. This roop is said to be of the form a Kalki will be atop a white horse and a shiny Sword in his hand. It is said to mark the End of Time.