Dasavathara Puja

The Dasavatataras of Shree Maha Vishnu have been a source of inspiration to millions of Hindus throughout centuries, and the ideals embodied therein have kept them in the straight and narrow path of Dharma.  To a Sadak (a spiritual seeker) the various stories show the stages of spiritual journey to perfection.  To ward off extraordinary perils to which Human Race is prone to, which may be visitations from dark forces or Human malefactors, Lord Vishnu whose duty is to protect this world and restore socio-ethical order, incarcerates himself. The ten Avatars of Vishnu are:-

  1. Matsya or the Fish
  2. Kurma or the Tortoise
  3. Varaha or the Boar
  4. Narasimha or the Man-Lion
  5. Vamana or the Dwarf
  6. Parsahurama - Rama with the Axe
  7. Sree Rama – The ideal
  8. Sree Krishna - The perfect Joy
  9. Balarama – The strong Rama
  10. Kalki – The ruthless striker of the evil

In Matsyaavatara (Fish-incarnation), the Lord is said to have saved Manu (the progenitor of mankind) and the Saptarishis (the seven sages, mind born sons of Brahma). The world is said to be repopulated through them later on.

Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as Kurma (the Tortoise) in order to support the mount MandaraSamudramanthana). The Gods and demons had jointly undertaken the adventure to get Amritha (necter) from the ocean.

Next in the series is the Varahavathara (Boar-incarnation) in which Lord killed the demon HIranyaksha and lifted the earth out of the flood waters in which it had submerged. The symbolism of the Varaha or the Boar diving down into the very bowels of the earth to discover the demon Hiranyaksha and destroy him is that there are some vasanas that are entrenched deeply within us, and they have to be dug out and eliminated.

When Prahlada, the great devotee of Vishnu was tortured by demon Hiranyakasipu (who was a non-believer in the existence of an omnipresent and omnipotent God), Narasimha (Man-Lion) appeared, emerging out of the pillar shown by him and killed the demon. Incidently this also proves the omnipresence of God. Narasimha is especially the embodiment of valor which is a divine attribute and hence worshipped by rulers and warriors. His mantra is said to be very powerful capable of destroying the enemies and exorcising evil.

When Bali, the grandson of Prahlada conquered the three worlds, Indra was deprived of his heavenly kingdom. As a request of Aditi, the mother of Indra, Lord Vishnu incarnated as Vamana (the Dwarf), a young Brahmana boy and approached Bali, who was known for his munificence, for a gift of land that could be covered by three steps. With the first and second, he covered the earth and heaven and with the third he pushed down Bali to the netherworld. Hence Vishnu is also known as Trivikrama, one who encompassed the world with three big steps. The myth teaches that a true Brahmana can conquer the three worlds by the power of spirit. It emphasizes the important role of humility in a Sadak. Until and unless he has overcome pride in his own progress and sublimated the spiritual arrogance, he is bound to be humbled by a great fall, when he least expects it. The seeker must always be humble enough to recognize his weakness and obey the words of wisdom of the Gurus. Had Bali obeyed his Guru Sri Sukracharya, who warned him against granting the boon to the dwarf-child Vamana, he could not have been crushed as he was.               

Parashurama (Rama with the battle axe) is the sixth Avatara. Born as the son of the sage couple Jamadagni and Renuka, he exterminated the tyrannical among the Ksatriyas led by Karthavirya, who were oppressing the people. Sri Rama, the next incarnation, met Parashurama and absorbed his power into himself. Hence the later is sometimes considered as aveshaavatara, an incarnation by temporary possession of Vishnu’s powers.

Sri Rama, one of the two most popular incarnations of Lord Vishnu, comes next in the series. Sri Rama’s story is too well known to need any explanation. Rama’s story Ramayana is an immoral epic. ‘Rama’ itself means ‘Sarveshu Ramanthe iti Ramaha’- that which reveals in every one of us, the pure light of consciousness, the Atman, the Self, the Atma-Rama. Rama typifies the ideal Man, Born only to show suffering humanity, how man may live truly as god on earth. An Ideal son, husband, brother, king, the acme of perfection is thus the Rama avatar.

Lord Rama is pictured in Ramayana as carrying a Bow and arrows at all times, symbolizing his strength and preparedness to maintain peace and justice, both within and without. He is the ideal of ‘aggressive goodness’ as opposed to ‘weak and passive goodness’. He would not passively accept anything that is inconsistent with or contrary to morality and righteousness. He stands for righteousness and opposes and destroys all that is unrighteous. Lord Rama during the time he spent on earth, created beauty around him as did Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and all the Rishis of great yore. Rama’s name is known as ‘Taraka-mantra’, mantra that takes one across the ocean of transmigration.

Balrama, Rama the strong, the elder brother of Sri Krisha is the eighth incarnation. His many adventures include the slaying of ape Dvivida and the demon Dhenuka, shaking the ramparts of Hastinavathi (the capital city of the Pandavas and dragging the river Yamuna out of its course.

Sri Krishna the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu is, perhaps, the most popular, so much so, that he is considered Purnavathara (the incarnation in toto) all other deities are regarded as his manifestations. His story and his exploits are too numerous and too well known to be mentioned here. Krishna is described as the infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient reality. His incarnation brought to bear upon the Indian thought and life such a profound and powerful influence that it has no parallel in Bharat or elsewhere. There is no aspect of life, of culture and civilization which did not receive his revitalizing touch – the Indian philosophy and religion, mysticism and poetry, painting and sculpture, music and dancing were all identified by Krishna theme and thoughts. To the average Hindu, he is the supreme statesman, warrior, hero, philosopher and teacher, God himself. He is the great expounder of the ‘Song Celestial’, the Bhagavad Gita.

The tenth Avatara Kalki, is yet to come.  He will descend upon the earth at the end of present age (Kali Yuga). He will destroy the enemies of Dharma and reestablish it in all its glory. The world is waiting for this Saint-Man, who is God I his own right; strong and perfect as Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss).

The concept of Dashavathara Puja has been developed for perhaps the first time in the world, by the esteemed Vedic Pundits in AstroMerits, after reading and analyzing tonnes of Vedic Chapters across all the four Vedas.

It is very important to note that Dasavathara Puja at AstroMerits is a combination of the following 11 Pujas:

  • Vishnu Puja
  • Narasimha Puja
  • Ashta akshara Vishnu Mantra Prayoga and Puja
  • Dwadasha akshara Vishnu Mantra Prayoga and Puja
  • Lakshmi Narayana Mantra Pragoga and Puja
  • Hayagriva Vishnu Mantra Prayoga and Puja
  • Hayagriva Ekadasha Akshara Mantra Prayoga and Puja
  • Vamana Rupa Vishnu Mantra Prayoga and Puja
  • Varaha Rupa Vishnu Mantra Prayoga and Puja
  • Narasimha Mantra Prayoya and Puja
  • Kurma Rupa Vishnu Mantra Prayoga and Puja

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Dasavathara Puja
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