Avtar Essay

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Matsya From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article concerns the Hindu avatar. For the ancient kingdom, see Matsya Rajya. For other uses, see Matsya (disambiguation). |Matsya | |[pic] | |Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish, from a devotional text | |Knowledge | |Devanagari |मत्स्य | |Affiliation |Avatar of Vishnu | |Weapon |Chakra and Mace | |Consort |Shri | Matsya (Sanskrit: मत्स्य) (Fish in Sanskrit) was the first Avatar of Vishnu in Hinduism. The great flood finds mention in Hinduism texts like the Satapatha Brahmana,[1] where in the Matsya Avatar takes place to save and the first man, Manu and advices him to build a giant boat.[2][3]. The Legend According to the Matsya Purana, the king of pre-ancient Dravida and a devotee of Vishnu, Satyavrata who later was known as Manu was washing his hands in a river when a little fish swam into his hands and pleaded with him to save its life. He put it in a jar, which it soon outgrew. He then moved it to a tank, a river and then finally the ocean but to no avail. The fish then revealed himself to be Vishnu and told him that a deluge would occur within seven days that would destroy all life. Therefore, Satyavrata was instructed to take "all medicinal herbs, all the varieties of seeds, and accompanied by the seven saints”[4] along with the serpent Vasuki and other animals. Lord Matsya is generally represented as a

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