Dasavataram: Lord Vishnu, one of the supreme god in Hinduism and one of the Trimurtis - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva is responsible for protecting the universe, Lord Brahma takes the role of creation and Lord Shiva destroys evil forces. Lord Vishnu incarnated in different forms to preserve the universe and restore "peace and dharma" in the four yugas (era or cycle) namely Satya yuga (Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha), Treta yuga (Vamana, Parasuram, Sri Rama), Dwapara yuga (Balarama, Sri krishna) and Kali yuga (kalki avatar). The wood panel of Dasavataram is designed with keen attention to details given to each avatars emphasizing their accurate representation, and demonstrating a fine workmanship by our team of artists.
The Ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu
Matsya - The first avatar of Lord Vishnu as a saviour in the form of fish who saves the first man in creation named Manu from flood, and is represented with the upper torso of a human, and lower body with a fish tail.
Kurma - The second avatar of Lord Vishnu as a tortoise was to protect the devas and asuras. Lord Vishnu took the form of a Tortoise to bear the weight of the mountain Mandara, while the devas and asuras were churning the Ocean for Nectar of immortality.
Varaha - The third avatar of Lord Vishnu as a giant pig or boar protecting Mother Earth from the demon Hiranyaksha when he became a threat to the earth, when Bhudevi (Mother Earth) sank into the ocean. Lord Vishnu rescued planet Earth by lifting with his own tusks thereby restoring the universe.
Narasimha - The fourth avatar of Lord Vishnu as a human with Lion's face. He primarily took this avatar to destroy the demon king Hiranyakashipu to protect his devotee Prahalad. Narasimha Avatar symbolizes the victory of good over evil and the protection of devotees.
Vamana - Lord Vishnu's fifth avatar as a brahmin dwarf of incredible intelligence and power to control and destroy the Asura King Mahabali who intend to control the universe.
Parasuram- The sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu as a warrior with an axe. He is said to be the first warrior saint trained in both meditation and warfare. He was a Guru to Bishma, Dronacharya and Karna.
Sri Rama - The eldest son of King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya, was the Prince of Ayodhya, and the seventh avatar of Lord vishnu as an ideal good human and a protagonist in the epic Ramayana which tells us about his supremacy, along with his wife Sita devi and brother Lakshmana.
Balarama - The son of Vasudeva and Rohini, and elder brother of Sri krishna was the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, known for his physical strength and uses plough and gada as his weapons.
Sri Krishna - The son of Vasudeva and Devaki, incarnated as the ninth avatar of Lord Vishnu to destroy evil and preach Dharma. Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as Lord Krishna in the Dwapara Yuga for two important events. In the first, Lord Krishna defeated his evil maternal uncle, Kamsa. Secondly, he was the mentor of the Pandavas during the battle of Kurukshetra.
Kalki - The last incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and it is believed that He will appear on a white horse with a blazing sword in the present Yuga or the Kali Yuga to destroy all unrighteousness and evil existing in mankind.
Making of the Dasavataram wood panel - The Ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu