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Archavatara is the murti (consecrated image or idol) that is worshipped in a temple. The term is mainly associated with Lord Vishnu. It is one of the five forms of Vishnu. The rest are Para (the highest); Vyuha (emanation), vibavavatara (manifestation) and antaryamin (inner controller).

As per the Archavatara concept, Vishnu lives in this mundane world to redeem the suffering of humanity.

Vaikhanasa and Pancharatra Agamas extol the greatness of the Archavatara.