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Rishabha Avatar of Vishnu – Rishabh Dev in Hinduism

Among the 24 avatars of Vishnu mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Rishabha Avatar is the 8th incarnation. Rishabh Dev in Hinduism was the son of king Nabhi and Marudevi. He was a great ascetic who achieved control over the senses.

Information about the Rishabha Avatar of Vishnu is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana 5th Canto - 3rd chapter.

Rishabha Avatar Story

King Nabhi was born in the lineage of Manu. Nabhi was the son of Agnindra who was the son of Privavrat who was the son of Manu.

King Nabhi did not have any children and therefore he along with his wife Marudevi performed intense austerities to please Vishnu to beget a child.

Pleased with the devotion of King Nabhi, Vishnu gave him the boon that he will be born as the son to the couple.

Thus Vishnu was born as Rishabha Dev.

The child was extremely handsome, intelligent and strong. His courage and adherence to Dharma made the king happy and therefore he was named Rishabh, which means unexceptionable.

Rishabha married Jayanti, the daughter of Indra.

Rishabha Jain Tirthankara 

As per one account, Rishabh Dev later became the first Jain Tirthankara. He taught people the secret of Moksha or liberation.

The belief is that offering prayers to the Rishabha form of Vishnu will help couples in begetting health and intelligent children. He also worshipped for healthy body.