Hamsavatara, aka: Haṃsāvatāra, Hamsa-avatara; 1 Definition(s)

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Haṃsāvatāra (हंसावतार) refers to the “goose incarnation” of Viṣṇu and was once depicted and worshipped in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—By referring to Haṃsa as a place dedicated to Viṣṇu, the Nīlamata recognizes the goose (haṃsa) as an incarnation (avatāra) of Viṣṇu. It finds mention in the Mahābhārata and the Purāṇas. The Nīlamata attributes this form to Śiva also.

Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study
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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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