Amshavatara, Aṃśāvatāra, Amsha-avatara: 3 definitions

Introduction

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The Sanskrit term Aṃśāvatāra can be transliterated into English as Amsavatara or Amshavatara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Aṃśāvatāra (अंशावतार).—The incarnation of God on earth is called avatāra. When the incarnation is only partial, that is, when only some of the divine elements incarnate, it is called aṃśāvatāra (Aṃśa=part). Chapters 54 to 64 of Ādi Parva of the Mahābhārata give us a list of the gods who have incarnated partially. The following list of devas and their aṃśāvatāras is based upon the account given in the fourth Skandha of Śrī Mahādevī Bhāgavata.

Name of the god Name of the aṃśāvatāra

Kaśyapa Vasudeva

Ādiśeṣa Balabhadra

Nārāyaṇarṣi Śrī Kṛṣṇa

Yamadharma Yudhiṣṭhira

Aśvinīdevas Nakula and Sahadeva

Dharma Vidura

Śiva Aśvatthāmā

Gandharvarāja Devaka

Aṣṭavasu Bhīṣma

Marudgaṇa Kṛpa; Kṛtavarmā

Aditi Devakī

Nararṣi Arjuna

Vāyu Bhīmasena

Sūrya Karṇa

Bṛhaspati Droṇa

Varuṇa Śantanu

Marut Virāṭa

Haṃsa Dhṛtarāṣṭra

Dvāpara Śakuni

Pāvaka Dhṛṣṭadyumna

Kali Duryodhana

Rākṣasa Śikhaṇḍī

Varuṇa Drupada

Viśvedevas Sons of Pāñcālī

Dhṛti Mādrī

Vipracitti Jarāsandha

Hayagrīva Keśi

Bāṣkala Bhagadatta

Lamba Pralamba

Sanatkumāra Pradyumna

Lakṣmī Pāñcālī

Siddhi Kuntī

Mati Gāndhārī

Jaya Hiraṇyākṣa

Vijaya Hiraṇyakaśipu

Hiraṇyākṣa Rāvaṇa

Hiraṇyakaśipu Kumbhakarṇa

Rāvaṇa Śiśupāla

Kumbhakarṇa Daṇḍavaktra

Prahlāda Śalya

Kālanemi Kaṃsa

Anuhlāda Dhṛṣṭaketu

Khara Dhenuka.

(For more details see under the word, AVATĀRA).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

aṃśāvatāra (अंशावतार).—m (S) A descent or incarnation of an emanation from the divine essence;--as disting. from pūrṇāvatāra.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṃśāvatāra (अंशावतार).—[ṣa. ta.] descent (on earth) of parts of deities, partial incarnation; °तार इव धर्मस्य (tāra iva dharmasya) Dk.153; °रमिव कृतान्तस्य (ramiva kṛtāntasya) K.31; °उच्चैःश्रवसः (uccaiḥśravasaḥ) 79; so अंशावतीर्णमिव (aṃśāvatīrṇamiva) 18; Name of a sub-parvan covering Adhyāyas 64-67 of Ādiparvan of Mb. Even without the compound अंश (aṃśa) means partial incarnation, अंश, आवेश (aṃśa, āveśa), and अवतार (avatāra) are the three kinds of Lord's manifestations.

Derivable forms: aṃśāvatāraḥ (अंशावतारः).

Aṃśāvatāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṃśa and avatāra (अवतार). See also (synonyms): aṃśāvataraṇa.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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