Incarnations Mohini Vamana and Rishabhadeva

Dhanvantri

Mohini appears to distribute Nectar

Dhanvantari, the celestial physician, emerged from the waters holding a pitcher-full of nectar.

This happened when the Asuras and Devatas jointly churned the great oceans.

The Asuras became impatient as they saw the celestial figure emerging from the ocean.

At once, they snatched the pot of nectar from his hands.

The Devatas stood there, dejected.

The Asuras began to squabble.

Their problem: Who will drink from the pot of ambrosia first?  

Lord Vishnu came to the rescue of the Devatas.

Vishnu once came to the rescue of Mother Earth, in the form of Varaha.

He is always there for His devotees and the Devatas are His staunch devotees.

The Lord is always on the side of the good.

He assumed the great form of the seductress, Mohini.

Mohini’s exceptional beauty defied all description.

The demons, allured by her charm, allowed Mohini to distribute the nectar.

Mohini said- “You, my dear Asuras, must not interrupt me, only then shall I proceed.”

The Asuras happily agreed.

Mohini lures Asuras

Svarbhanu gets into the line of the Devatas

Mohini distributed the Asura and Devata parties in separate rows.

She walked towards the rows of the Devatas.

She started pouring cups of nectar for the Devatas.

Meanwhile, in doing so, she would cast luscious smiles towards the lusty demons.

She asked the Asuras to hold on, through her glances.

She did that as she filled every cup of the Devatas.

The Asuras foolishly held on.

 The demon Svarbhanu grew suspicious.

He did not trust Mohini.

He stealthily crossed over to the line of the Devatas and sat amongst the Devatas, changing his form.

Oblivious of the demon, Mohini poured the ambrosia into his cup too.

Surya and Chandra Deva, at once raised an alarm to Lord Vishnu.

Formation of Rahu and Ketu

Lord Vishnu at once, assumed his Almighty form and chopped off Svarbhanu’s head with the Sudrashana Chakra.

There is another great story about the Sudrashana Chakra saving King Ambarisha

However the demon didn’t perish since he already consumed the nectar.

The head part of the demon became Rahu while the body, Ketu.

Mohini Attracts Lord Shiva

When Lord Shiva heard about Mohini, he visited Lord Vishnu along with Parvati Devi in Vaikuntha.

He expressed his desire to behold His Mohini form.

Lord Vishnu agreed and disappeared from the sight.

In a few moments, an extraordinary damsel stood before him.

She played with a ball.

Lord Shiva kept gazing at her without blinking His eyes.

As she played, a gust of wind blew away her upper covering.

She ran to hide behind a tree.

Lord Shiva ran behind her.

He had once grabbed her in his two arms, but she escaped his grasp and ran again.

Lord Shiva kept chasing her.

They ran past numerous mountains and hermitages.

Finally, he became cautious after ejaculation.

One may be interested in looking at the Mohini Avatara of Sri Vishnu in detail

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Who is Harihara Ayappa?

Lord Vishnu assumed his male form once again.

Lord Shiva had touched Mohini, so she delivered a son that very instant.

The right half of his body resembled Lord Shiva while the left half resembled Lord Vishnu.

Thus he attained the name Harihara(Vishnu and Shiva’s son).

Lord Harihara has his temples in many parts of South India.

Lord Ayappa is another name for Harihara.

Vamana

Lord Vishnu assumed Vamana’s form, the celestial dwarf, to give pleasure to His devotee Bali, the king of demons.

Every devotee should know the awe-inspiring story of Vamana’s as one of the  Lord’s great incarnations.

Bali conquers Deva Loka

The Devatas grew immortal after tasting the nectar.

They easily killed or defeated the Asuras in the battle.

Indra with his fatal Vajra killed the demon king-Bali.

However Narada Muni stopped Indra from eliminating Bali’s corpse.

They carried the corpse of the demons to Astachala.

Shukracharya revived all the demons and Bali with the power of Sanjivani.

On gaining a new life, Bali Maharaj poured his heart and soul in serving his master Shukracharya.

Pleased by Bali, Shukracharya performed extraordinary fire sacrifices.

He generated a celestial chariot, bow, quiver and shield.

With their divine ammunitions, the Asuras attacked Amravati.

The terrified gods trembled, at the powerful onslaught of the demons.

On the advice of Guru Brihaspati, they fled in different directions for protection.

Bali now ruled over the heavens.

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Devi Aditi’s concern

This moved Aditi, the mother of Devas.

So she decided to please Kashyapa, powerful husband.

Sage Kashyapa, performed a ritual to invoke Bhagawan (Lord Vishnu) as their son.

Bhagawan appeared before her and agreed to fulfil her desire.

The Lord first appeared in his 4-handed form.

He then immediately assumed the guise of a dwarf, Vamana.

Maharishi Kashyapa, performed his thread ceremony.

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Shukracharya performs sacrifices for Bali

Shukracharya performed 99 horse sacrifices for Bali Maharaj.

He keenly wanted Bali to perform the 100th Yajna.

Only the one performing a 100 Ashvamedha Yajnas can be officially declared as Indra.

Indra represents a position in heaven and does not point to an individual, by name.

Conquering Indra Loka by force can have only temporary consequences.

But Shukracharya wanted to lawfully establish Bali’s right over the throne.

Bali’s sacrificial hall was at the southern banks of the Narmada River.

Bali Maharaj welcomes Vamana

Bali was performing his final Yajna.

At that moment, Lord Vamana appeared in the guise of a Brahmachari (unmarried Brahmana) and begged for alms.

Vamana’s effulgence was divine.

Bali Maharaj accompanied by other Rishis amiably welcomed Him.

Bali requested him to voice his wish.

Vamana said- “I desire to acquire three steps of land.”

Bali Maharaj laughed.

He asked Vamana to demand for more land.

But Vamana was resolute.

He said- “Three steps should satisfy me.

I do not hanker for more.”

Bali Maharaj just finalized his offer to Lord Vamana by taking a Sankalpa (holy promise), when his Guru, Shukracharya intervened.

He said- “This is Vishnu, the great trickster.”

However Bali had transcended all weaknesses of the mind and did not stop.

He felt that it is unjust not to keep up a promise.

Vamana assumes a gigantic form

After the Sankalpa, Lord Vishnu immediately assumed his gigantic Virat form.

He measured the entire earth in one step.

In his second step, his feet rose above the Brahma Loka, the land of the lofty sages.

His foot nail damaged a tip of the universe.

A stream of crystalline water rushed downwards washing His feet.

Lord Brahma devotedly washed His feet.

The sanctified water came down as Ganga.

Bali’s associates pounced on Vamana to kill him.

But the Vishnu Parashadas (Vishnu’s celestial associates) killed and chased them off.

Lord Vishnu tied Bali Maharaj with the Varuna Pasha and said- “You promised to give me three steps of land.

Tell me.

Where should I place my third step?”

Bali offers his head to Vishnu

Bali Maharaj with the least surprise voice said- “An owner is greater than his ownings.

So please place your feet on my head.”

 Bhagawan kept Bali’s words by placing his feet on his head.

Brahma prayed to Bhagawan and said- “Such a generous king. Should he be made a captive?”

Bhagawan replied- “Actually I have come just to bless him.”

Lord Vishnu transported Bali Maharaj along with his family to Sutala Loka and said-

“I will eternally dwell and serve there as Bali’s doorkeeper.

 I will hold my mace and protect Bali there, always.

My Chakra shall kill anyone who disobeys your orders, O Bali, in Sutala Loka.

I will protect you and I myself shall crown you as Indra in the Agami Savarni Manvantara.

This is my solemn promise to you.”

 Lord Brahma crowned Bhagawan as Upendra.

Ravana in his conquering spree arrived at Sutala Loka.

Lord Vamana then, threw him a thousand Yojanas (15 kilometres make 1 Yojana) afar with his feet like a ball.

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Rishabhadeva

Rishabhadeva was a lesser known but powerful incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

He lived the life of a householder king and upheld Dharma.

The teachings of Rishabhadeva, later, laid the foundation of the Jain Dharma

Bhagawan Vishnu appears as Rishabhadeva

King Nabhi did not have children.

He worshipped Lord Narayana along with other Rishis.

When Bhagawan appeared from the fire, the rishis requested Bhagawan to grant the king a son similar to Him.

Where shall Bhagawan find someone like him? So Bhagawan Himself agreed to descend as Nabhi’s son.

Thus Rishabhadeva took birth.

Rishabhadeva becomes the King of Ayodhya

Once, Indra stopped the rains in his Kingdom.

But Rishabhadeva showered rains by his yogic powers.

Embarrassed by his defeat, Indra gave his daughter Jayanti in marriage to Rishabhadeva.

On King Nabhi’s retirement, Rishabhadeva ascended the throne of Ayodhya.

He bore 100 sons.

Out of these, 9 were great Yogis.

9 became rulers of 9 parts of the nation.

81 performed truthful action and became Brahmanas.

Rishabhadeva

Confusion about Emperor Bharata

Rishabhadeva’s eldest son Bharata became the emperor.

His valour gave the name Bharat for our nation.

Earlier Bharath had the name Ajanabhavarsha.

People wrongly link Shakuntala’s son Bharata for the name Bharata.

Rishabhadeva handed over his kingdom to his eldest son.

He retired to the forests of the southern India where he roamed in the Avadhoota state.

He established numerous premises of Yoga and established the supremacy of the path.

The Jain Sampradaya considers Rishabhadeva as their founder.

The Jains call him the first Tirthankara.