"Whenever there is a decline in righteous and wherever there is a predominance of unrighteousness. I incarnate on earth"- Bhagavad Gita
Lord Vishnu, regarded as the supreme god, is the preserver and protector of the universe. Whenever the world is threatened with evil; he has taken various avatars for preservation of good and restoration of Dharma.
Following are the 10 Avatars of Lord Vishnu:
- Matsya (the fish incarnation)
- Koorma (the tortoise incarnation)
- Varaha (the boar incarnation)
- Narasimha (the human-lion incarnation)
- Vamana (the dwarf incarnation)
- Parasurama (the angry man, Rama with an axe)
- Lord Rama (the perfect man, king of Ayodha)
- Lord Krishna (the divine statesman)
- Balarama (elder brother of Krishna)
- Kalki (the mighty warrior)
Lord Vishnu has said that whenever the existence of Dharma would be on the brink of extinction, I will incarnate on earth to revive Dharma. It is believed that Kalki, the last avatar of Lord Vishnu, will appear at the end of Kaliyuga. In Kalayug phase, the world is bound to go through a great upheaval in terms of population explosion, unrighteousness, natural calamities and increase in the number of evildoers. Kalayug would be witnessing immorality, darkness, evil, vices and non-believing profanes. There would be a strong need to establish a new era of well-being and uplift the scope of human consciousness in the right direction. Vishnu, the preserver of Dharma, has already taken 9 incarnations and the 10th one is yet to come.
Kalki, the final incarnation of Lord Vishnu
As per Hindu mythology, it is a widely held view that the spirit of Dharma will be rescued by Lord Vishnu’s 10th incarnation, Kalki. He is the final incarnation of Vishnu in the current Mahayuga, foretold to appear at the end of Kali Yuga, the current epoch. Religious texts foretell that Kalki will be atop a beautiful white horse with a drawn blazing sword. He is the harbinger of the end time in Hindu eschatology, after which he will usher in Satya Yuga.
Kalki would be born in the house of Vishnuyashas, a Brahmin and the priest of Yajnavalkya, at the village Shambhala. He would be a very intelligent and powerful young man and would gain excellence in academics, sports and warfare. The arrival of Kalki avatar is the most awaited one as it will eliminate the entire evilness and negativity of the world. In some texts, it is also said that Kalki avatar will come when all the three rivers Saraswati, Yamuna and Ganga return to heavens (dried). He would be the saviour and eradicate all the pain and sufferings from the world.