Yugavatara, Yugāvatāra, Yuga-avatara: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Yugāvatāra (युगावतार) refers to “incarnations of the Lord who teach the particular religion for each yuga”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

Source: Prabhupada Books: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta

Yugāvatāra (युगावतार) or simply Yuga refers to “incarnations in different millenniums”, according to the Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta 2.20.246 (“The Science of the Absolute Truth”).—Accordingly, “There are incarnations that control the material qualities [guṇa-avatāras], incarnations who appear during the reign of each Manu [manvantara-avatāras], incarnations in different millenniums [yuga-avatāras] and incarnations of empowered living entities [śaktyāveśa-avatāras]”.

The four Yugāvatāras are:

  1. śukla (white) in Satya-yuga (Bhāg. 11.5.21),
  2. rakta (red) in Tretā-yuga (Bhāg. 11.5.24),
  3. śyāma (dark blue) in Dvāpara-yuga (Bhāg. 11.5.27) and
  4. generally kṛṣṇa (black)
    [but in special cases pīta (yellow) as Caitanya Mahāprabhu in Kali-yuga (Bhāg. 11.5.32 and 10.8.13)].
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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Yugāvatāra (युगावतार):—(nm) representative of the age, man of the age.

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