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Mythology: Mahabali was a mighty king in Kerala. He ruled the kingdom so well that even the gods became jealous of the prosperity of his kingdom. Lord Vishnu incarnated as an elf, disguised as a Brahmin and approached Mahabali. He made him swear to grand him three feet of land for meditation. Despite the warning of his teacher, the king granted his request promptly. The elf began to grow suddenly, covering the earth and the heaven with two measures of foot. There was no space for the third measure. In order to keep his promise, the king bowed his head, and he was trodden down to the Underworld. He was allowed to visit his subjects once in a year. This is being celebrated as Onam, the national festival of Kerala. Although it is a story, it has lots of morals.

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Though Gautama Buddha is a separate sect, many assume that Buddhism itself is part of Hinduism and He is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He has always emphasized on living ethically (based on Dharma) and not to have desires, which would lead one to painful living.

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This is the form of eternity that would appear towards the end of the current yuga (era) that we are living in, where Lord Vishnu is expected to take the form of a human on horse to eradicate all evils.

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Though mostly overshadowed by his younger brother most of the times, Balarama is another soft Vishnu’s incarnation who can turn very dangerous with his plough as weapon, if situation calls for action.

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Though he is a naughty little child and a playboy-like young lad, Krishna has amazing tactics to overcome difficulties and is best in telling advice on life’s philosophies.

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Rama is known as the beautiful incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who never says or proves that he is God. So humble and kind, he goes and lives in exile in the forest with his lovely wife Sita and brother Lakshmana for 14 years. Before and during his exile, he terminates the evil doers.

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When the priest’s family is tortured to death, the priest, who is actually Vishnu’s incarnation, takes axe and chops all the clans that has faltered him and others. Lesson to fight off evil.

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When the ruler of the earth was not humble enough and is outrageous, Lord Vishnu takes the shape of a dwarf, who teaches that nobody is above nature and should never get pride enter into the head!

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A good lesson that everything that is created has to be destroyed as change is inevitable is been taught in the form of man with lion face in Narasimha avatar by Lord Vishnu.

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When the earth sank into the bottom of the ocean, Lord Vishnu is assumed to have taken the form of a boar and lifted the earn with His tusks.

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