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You won't believe that Lord Vishnu has to incarnate again and again because of this person

The amazing story behind Vishnu Avatar (incarnations):

Unarguably, one of the most important curses in the history of Hindu Puranas was that given by sage Bhrigu to Lord Vishnu. Here is the story of Bhrigu cursing Lord Vishnu and how it changed the course of ancient Hindu history.

You won't believe that Lord Vishnu has to incarnate again and again because of this person, Vishnu Avatar
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Why does Lord Vishnu have to take Avatar (incarnation) again and again on earth?

Matsya Purana states the story of a war between Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons). Maharshi Bhrigu and Kavyamata were the parents of Shukracharya, Shukracharya was a great sage and the Guru of Asuras. When they were young, Shukracharya and Brihaspati studied under the same Guru, sage Angirasa, who also happened to be Brihaspati's father.

Shukracharya was known to be more knowledgeable than Brihaspati. He studied the Vedas there under sage Angirasa, but he was troubled by Angirasa's partiality towards his son Brihaspati. Then he went to study under sage Gautama. Due to the favoritism of Indra, Brihaspati became the Guru of the Devas. Therefore, Shukracharya started favoring the Asuras more as it was a way to take revenge for his partiality. During that time, it was tough for the Asuras to defeat the Devas in battles. Having lost several times, the Guru of Asuras, Shukracharya decided to approach Lord Shiva for help to defeat Devas. He also performed penance to Lord Shiva to Obtain the Sanjivani Mantra that was capable of bringing the dead back to life.


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Therefore, Shukracharya started to meditate and pray to Lord Shiva to grant him Mrita-Sanjeevani Stotram which would make the Asuras invincible. Furthermore, Shukracharya's triumph that is if he was granted the mantra of invincibility, would have made it difficult for Devas to defeat the Asuras. Meanwhile, Shukracharya asked the Asuras to take refuge at his father's ashram, who was Maharshi Bhrigu. The Devas and Indra used this opportunity to attack the unarmed Asuras.

In the absence of the sage, the Asuras fled to Bhrigu's wife, Kavyamata for shelter. Kavyamata used her yogic powers to immobilize Indra and protect the Asuras. Frightened by the immobilization of Indra, the Devas decided to take refuge at the feet of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, Lord Vishnu decided to enter Indra's body to save the deities. Kavyamata was enraged by this and warned to burn them down to ashes if they did not leave. However, Indra instigated Lord Vishnu to annihilate Bhrigu's wife, and therefore, Vishnu used the Sudarshan Chakra on her. Hence, Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to save Indra and the Devas by severing the head of Kavyamata.


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Sage Bhrigu was devastated hearing what had happened, Bhrigu seeing his wife's condition, got furious because Lord Vishnu broke his Dharma by killing a woman. Therefore, Maharshi Bhrigu cursed Lord Vishnu to be born on earth many times and suffer the pain of birth and death as a mortal. Due to this legendary curse, Vishnu had to take countless avatars on earth and endure all the worldly pain as a price. Although Bhrigu later revived his wife by sprinkling holy water from his Kamandala, he was so deeply infuriated and full of vengeance that he decided not to spare Lord Vishnu.

Bhrigu's curse demanded Lord Vishnu will be born on earth in several Avatars. The Avatars included some of the greatest Gods to ever walk on earth as humans, such as Rama and Krishna. Without Rama, there would have been no Ramayana, and without Lord Krishna, there would have been no Mahabharata and hence, no Bhagavad Gita. Along with them, even the other Avatars of Vishnu, such as Narsimha, Parasuram, and arguably Buddha, and all the other avatars who have had undeniable contributions to shaping the entire history of our civilization and scriptures.



Actually, Lord Vishnu knew that Maharishi Bhrigu can revive his wife and if anyone can curse him, then it is only Bhrigu Muni. The decapitation of Bhrigu Rishi's wife was just an excuse to Avatar on earth after receiving a curse. It is said in Indian scriptures that Lord Vishnu never incarnates on earth without any reason. So from this story, we come to know that the reason for the incarnation or Avatar of Lord Vishnu was the curse of Maharishi Bhrigu.


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