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During Brahma's one day there are twenty-five Lila-avataras also known as Kalpa avataras because they appear in every Kalpa. Of these Lila-avataras Hamsa and Mohini are not very well known.
1) Catursana - The four Kumaras.
They appeared in the beginning of creation
and are specifically empowered to distribute
transcendental knowledge. They are empowered
with the Lord's jnana-sakti. They are also
known as Saktyavesa.
2) Narada Muni - The son of Lord Brahma.
He is empowered with the Lord's Bhakti-sakti.
He is also Saktyavesa.
3) Varahadeva - Sukara or the Boar incarnation.
The Boar incarnation appeared in two
different milleniums. During the period of
Svayambhuva Manu, the earthly planet remained
submerged in the water of devastation, so the
Lord appeared as a white boar and lifted the
earth and set it properly. During the period
of Caksusa Manu Lord Boar was red and He
killed the demon Hiranyaksa.
4) Matsya - The Fish incarnation.
He appeared to show special mercy to
Satyavrata Muni. After the period of Caksusa
when there was a partial inundation, he also
protected Vaivasvata Manu by keeping him safe
on a boat.
5) Yajna - The son of Prajapati Ruci and his wife Akuti.
During the period of Svayambhuva Manu there
was no qualified Indra. So the Lord appeared
as Yajna and took that position.
6) Nara Narayana - The twin sons of the wife of King Dharma.
They are partial expansions of Krishna and
Arjuna. Nara and Narayana Rsis exhibited the
7) Kapiladeva - The son of Devahuti.
He explained the Sankhya philosophy.
Kapiladeva exhibited the Lord's
8) Dattatreya - The son of Atri Rsi and Anasurya.
He is a combined incarnation of Lord Vishnu,
Brahma and Siva. He spoke on the subject of
transcendence to Alarka, Prahlad, Yadu, etc.
9) Hayasirsa - Lord Hayagriva
At the end of the millenium ignorance
personified took the form of a demon, stole
the Vedas and took them to the planet
Rasatala. At that time the Lord, at the
request of Brahma, retrieved them after
assuming the form of a horse.
10) Hamsa - The Swan incarnation.
Due to bewilderment, Brahma, could not answer
some questions put forward by his sons. At
that time the Lord appeared as a swan and
answered the questions.
11) Prsnigarbha - The incarnation who appeared before Dhruva.
He created the planet known as Dhruvaloka for
the habitation of Dhruva Maharaja.
12) Rsabha - The son of King Nabhi and his wife Merudevi.
His oldest son was Bharata Maharaja of which
the earth was named after - Bharat-varsa. He
instructed his sons to follow the path of
perfection by tapasya.
13) Prthu - The incarnation of the Lord's ruling force.
Due to the demonic nature of King Vena, the
sages killed him by a curse. They prayed for
the Lord to appear and churned the two arms
of the dead body according to a specific
method and the Lord appeared as Prthu.
14) Nrsimhadeva - The half man half lion incarnation.
He appeared to protect Prahlad by killing
15) Kurma - The Tortoise incarnation.
He appeared to become the resting place of
the Mandara Hill, used as a churning rod by
the demons and demigods to produce nectar.
16) Dhanvantari - The father of Ayurveda.
He appeared from the ocean of milk with the
pot of nectar.
17) Mohini - The Lord's form of a beautiful woman.
The Lord tricked the demons by appearing in
the form of a beautiful woman and asked the
demons for the nectar and distibuted it to
18) Vamanadeva - The Dwarf incarnation.
Assuming the form of a dwarf brahmacari the
Lord visited the fire sacrifice of Bali
Maharaja. He begged three steps of land and
with those steps He took the whole universe.
He is the son of Kasyapa and Aditi.
19) Parasurama - Bhrgupati, the son of Jamadagni and Renuka.
He annihilated the administrative class
twenty-one times because of their rebellion
against the brahmanas.
20) Raghavendra - Lord Ramacandra.
He came to perform pleasing work for the
demigods, protect His devotees and kill
Ravana and his followers. The Lord assumed
the form of a human being and exhibited
superhuman powers by controlling the Indian
21) Vyasadeva - The son of Parasara Muni and Satyavati.
He divided the one Veda into several branches
and sub-branches, seeing that the people in
general were less intelligent.
22) Lord Balarama - The first plenary expansion of the Lord.
23) Lord Krishna - The original form of the Lord.
Both Balarama and Krishna appeared in the
family of Vrsni (Yadu dynasty)and in doing
so removed the burden of the world.
24) Buddha - The son of Anjana.
He appeared in the province of Gaya in Kali
-yuga to delude those who are envious of the
faithful. He also appeared to stop animal
slaughter in the name of Vedic sacrifices by
preaching non-violence and by not accepting
There is also another Buddha incarnation
mentioned. There are seventy-two Kali-yugas
during the period of one Manu. During one
Kali-yuga the Lord appeared as Buddha to
bewilder the demons who were destroying
the inhabitants of other planets by flying
unseen in space ships made by the demon Maya.
25) Kalki - The son of Vishnu Yasa.
He will appear in the village Sambhala. He
will mount a horse, Devadatta and taking His
sword, will kill millions upon millions of
bandits. He will also commence Satya-yuga.
During Brahma's one day there are fourteen manus and twenty-five Lila-avataras. There are thirty such days in Brahma's one month. There are twelve months in a year and Brahma lives for one hundred years.
One hundred years is divided into two halves. The first half is over and the second half is now current. Fifty years complete one parardha. Brahma must complete another fifty years after which everything will be destroyed.
Thus Brahma's life span is 311 trillion 40 billion earthly years. Brahma's life, however, is calculated to be less than a moment for the Personality of Godhead. In the Causal Ocean there are millions of Brahmas appearing and disappearing like bubbles in the Atlantic Ocean.