Hamsavatara, Haṃsāvatāra, Hamsa-avatara: 1 definition



Hamsavatara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

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.

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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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