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Thirty-Nine Avatars or Incarnations of Lord Vishnu

There are some Hindu scriptures that list thirty-nine avatars of incarnations of Lord Vishnu. A list of thirty-nine avatars as found in the Ahirbhudhnya Samhita.

The thirty-nine avatars are:

Padmanabha                   Dhruva
Ananta                            Shaktatman
Madhusudhana               Vidhyadhideva
Kapila                              Vishwarupa
Vihangama                        Krodatman
Badabavaktra                    Dharma
Vagishwara                       Ekarnavasayin
Kamateshwara                  Varaha
Narasimha                         Piyusaharana
Sripati                                Kantatman
Rahujit                               Kalanemighna
Parijatahara                        Lokanatha
Shantatman                        Dattatreya
Nyagrodhasayin                 Ekasrngatanu
Vamanadeha                       Nara
Narayana                            Hari
Trivikrama                         Krishna
Parashurama                       Rama
Vedavid                              Kalkin
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The most widely accepted and popular are the 10 Avatars of Vishnu. They inclue – Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashurama, Rama, Krishna, Balarama (or Buddha) and Kalki.

Avatars of Bhagavan Vishnu are a full manifestation of the deity or a partial one.

It is also possible for Vishnu to manifest himself as multiple avatars, simultaneously.