("descent") is the incarnationof Lord Vishnu, being the protector of the Universe, comes down to theearth in human or animal form to protect and save his devotees. The Lordsays, that whenever there is an over abundance of evil on earth, He will takean avatar to restore the balance. In every one of his avatar he conveys avaluable message that an Asura, (that is some form of evil) is destroyed,restoring peace.Vishnu's avatars typically descend for a very specific purpose. An oft-quoted passage from the “
” describes the typical role of an avatar of Vishnu to bring Dharma, or righteousness, back to the social and cosmicorder: (Gita: 4.7–8)“
Whenever righteousness wanes and unrighteousness increases I send myself forth. For the protection of the good and for the destruction of evil,and for the establishment of righteousness, I come into being age after age
.”Avatar usually refers to the Ten appearances of Vishnu: Matsya (fish),Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narasimha (Man-Lion), Vamana (dwarf priest), Parasurama ( angry Rama with the axe), King Rama (the Divinewarrior hero of the Ramayana epic), Balarama (elder brother of Krishna),Krishna (the divine cowherd, Divine lover and statesman), and Kalki (themighty warrior saviour yet to come).