Amsa Avatar in Mahabharata

Posted on June 29, 2010

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In the Amsavatarana Parva of Mahabharata, the various partial (amsa) incarnations of deities and asuras are detailed.

Following is a snapsot of incarnations of some of the key characters in the Bharata.

Partial Incarnation
of ASURAS
Jarāsandha Viprachitti, a Danava
Shishupāla Hiranyakasipu
Shalya Sahrādha, younger brother of Prahlada
Dhrishtaketu Anuhrādha, younger brother of Prahlada
Druma Shibi, younger brother of Prahlada
Bhagadatta Bāshkala, younger brother of Prahlada
Amitauja Ketumān, an Asura
Ugrasena Swarbhānu, an Asura
Rukmi Avatar of one of the Krodhavasas
Kamsa, son of Ugrasena Avatar of Kalanemi, a Danava

of DEVAS
Drona Brihaspati
Aswatthaman Mahadeva, Yama, Kama and Krodha
Sons of Ganga 8 Vasus
Kripa The tribe of Rudras
Sakuni Dwapara Yuga
Satyaki Part of the Maruts
Drupada Part of the Maruts
Kritavarman Part of the Maruts
Virata Part of the Maruts
Dritarashtra Hansa, son of Arishta
Pandu Purity’s self
Vidura God of Justice
Duryodhana Kali
Duhasasana & Brothers sons of Pulastya (Rakshasas)
Yudhishthira Part of Dharma
Bhimasena Part of Wind
Arjuna Part of Indra
Nakula & Sahadeva Part of twin aswins
Abhimanyu Part of Varchas, son of Soma (Moon)
Dhrishtadyumna Part of Agni
Sikhandin Part of a Rakshasha
5 sons of Draupadi Part of the Viswas
Karna Part of Surya
Vasudeva Part of Naryana
Balarama Part of Adisesha
Pradyumna Part of Sanatkumara
16,000 wives of Krishna Apsaras
Rukmini Portion of Sri (Lakshmi)
Draupadi Part of Sachi (Indra’s wife)
Kunti Portion of Siddhi
Madri Portion of Dhriti
Gandhari Portion of Mati

(Source: Mbh 1.67)

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