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Vāmana is the fifth avatāra or incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu. The concept of Vāmana as Trivikrama is very ancient. It is found in the Vedas.<ref>Śaṭapatha Brāhmana 1.1.5</ref> Iconographical works describe him as a short-statured brahmacāri<ref>Brahmacāri means Vedic student.</ref> with two arms holding a chatra,<ref>Chatra means umbrella.</ref> daṇḍa<ref>Daṇḍa means staff.</ref> and kamaṇḍalu.<ref>Kamaṇḍalu means water-pot.</ref> He wears a kaupina<ref>Kaupina means loin cloth.</ref> and has a śikhā<ref>Śikhā means tuft of hair.</ref> on his head. Several varieties of Vāmana, such as Dadhi-vāmana and Viśva-vāmana, are sometimes mentioned in some works of tantra. Vāmana also figures in the list of 24 aspects of Viṣṇu.
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Vāmana is the fifth [[avatāra]] or incarnation of Lord [[Viṣṇu]]. The concept of Vāmana as Trivikrama is very ancient. It is found in the [[Vedas]].<ref>Śaṭapatha Brāhmana 1.1.5</ref> Iconographical works describe him as a short-statured [[brahmacāri]]<ref>[[Brahmacāri]] means Vedic student.</ref> with two arms holding a chatra,<ref>Chatra means umbrella.</ref> [[daṇḍa]]<ref>[[Daṇḍa]] means staff.</ref> and [[kamaṇḍalu]].<ref>[[Kamaṇḍalu]] means water-pot.</ref> He wears a kaupina<ref>Kaupina means loin cloth.</ref> and has a śikhā<ref>Śikhā means tuft of hair.</ref> on his head. Several varieties of Vāmana, such as [[Dadhi]]-vāmana and Viśva-vāmana, are sometimes mentioned in some works of [[tantra]]. Vāmana also figures in the list of 24 aspects of [[Viṣṇu]].
  
  
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 08:45, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vamana, VAmana, Vaamana


Vāmana is the fifth avatāra or incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu. The concept of Vāmana as Trivikrama is very ancient. It is found in the Vedas.[1] Iconographical works describe him as a short-statured brahmacāri[2] with two arms holding a chatra,[3] daṇḍa[4] and kamaṇḍalu.[5] He wears a kaupina[6] and has a śikhā[7] on his head. Several varieties of Vāmana, such as Dadhi-vāmana and Viśva-vāmana, are sometimes mentioned in some works of tantra. Vāmana also figures in the list of 24 aspects of Viṣṇu.


References

  1. Śaṭapatha Brāhmana 1.1.5
  2. Brahmacāri means Vedic student.
  3. Chatra means umbrella.
  4. Daṇḍa means staff.
  5. Kamaṇḍalu means water-pot.
  6. Kaupina means loin cloth.
  7. Śikhā means tuft of hair.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore