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The following is a list of the avatars of the epic Mahabharata, and their original devatas (deities) or other beings.

Character Deity
Ashwatthama Portions of Shiva, Kala, Krodha, and Yama[1]
Abhimanyu Varchas, son of Chandra and Rohini
Arjuna A portion of Indra, rebirth of the sage Nara[2][3]/a portion of Vishnu
Asoka Asva
Amitaujas Ketuman
Balarama Shesha/Lakshmana (Ramayana)[4]
Bahlika One of the Krodhavasas
Bhadra Lakshmi
Bhagadatta Bashkala
Bhanumati Sanjana/Dhanyamalini
Bhima A portion of Vayu
Bhishma Prabhasa (Vasu of the Star)
Brihadratha The asura Sukshma
Chandravarma The asura Chandra
Chitrasena Khara
Dantavakra Vijaya
Danda and Dandadhara (two princes of Magadha) Krodhahantri and Krodhavardana
Darada The asura Surya
Damayanti Ahukā, the wife of Ahuka
Devaki Aditi
Dhrishtadyumna A portion of Agni
Dhenuka Rebirth of Khara (Ramayana)
Dhristaketu Anuhlda, brother of Prahlada
Dhritarasthra Hansa, the son of Arishta
Dirghaprajna Vrishaparva
Draupadi A portion of Shachi
Dronacharya Brihaspati
Drupada One of the Maruts
Drumasena Garishta
Durvasa A portion of Shiva
Duryodhana A portion of Kali (demon)
Dushasana Indrajita
Ekalavya One of the Krodhavasas
Hanuman Portions of Vayu and Shiva
Hamsa Vishnu
Hayagriva Vishnu
Gandhari Mati
Iravan Vacchi, son of Chandra and Revati
Jarasandha Viprachitti[5]
Jambavati Lakshmi
Jayatsena One of the Kalakeyas
Jyotsana - Dushasana's wife Sulochana
Kalindi Yamuna
Kamsa Kalanemi[6]
Karna A portion of Surya, rebirth of Dambhodbhava
Kalki Vishnu
Kratha Rahu
Kripacharya Portions of Brahma, one of the Rudras and one of the Maruts
Kripi Tara
Krishna Vishnu
Kritavarma One of the Maruts
Kshema One of the Krodhavasas
Kshemadhurti One of the Krodhavasas
Kunti Siddhi
Lakshmana Lakshmi
Madri Dhriti
Maniman Vritra, the son of Danayu
Mitravinda Ganga
Nakula A portion of the Ashvins
Nagnajita Ishupa
Nagnajiti Niladevi (Lakshmi)
Nala Ahuka, the forester
Nanda Rebirth of Dasharatha (Ramayana)
Narada A portion of Vishnu
Nila One of the Krodhavasas
Parashurama Vishnu
Paurava Sarabha
Paundraka Vasudeva Vena
Pradyumna Kamadeva, a portion of Sanat Kumara
Rama Vishnu
Revati Jyothismati
Rohini Surabhi
Rukmi One of the Krodhavasas
Rukmini Sridevi (Lakshmi)[7]
Rochamana Asvagriva
Sahadeva A portion of the Ashvins
Samba Kartikeya[8]
Samudrasena One of the Kalakeyas
Satyabhama Bhudevi (Lakshmi)
Satyaki One of the Maruts
Satyavati Achchhoda
Savitri A portion of Savitri
Senabindu Tuhunda
Shalva Ajaka
Shalya Sanhlda, brother of Prahlada
Shakuni Dvapara Yuga
Shantanu Mahabhisha
Shikhandi Rebirth of Amba
Shishupala Jaya
Sons of Ganga Vasus
Sreniman One of the Kalakeyas
Subala Disciple of Prahlada
Subhadra Yogamaya
Subahu Trishira
Sunaka Chandrahantri
Sulochana Ahiravana
Ugrasena Svarbhanu
Upapandavas Visvadevas
Upachitrana Subahu
Varaha Vishnu
Uttamaujas and Yudhamanyu Amshuman and Aryaman
Vasudeva Kashyapa
Veerabhadra Shiva
Vidura Dharma/Yama
Virata One of the Maruts
Vindhyavasini Adi Shakti
Vikarna Atikaya
Vyasa Portions of Vishnu and the rishi Aparantamas
Yashoda Rebirth of Kaikeyi (Ramayana)
Yudhishthira A portion of Dharma
Five Kekaya brothers Aswashira, Ayashira, Ayashanka, Gaganamurdha, and Vegavan
Junior wives of Krishna Various apsaras

References

  1. ^ "The Mahabharata,Book 1:Adi Parva:Section LXVII". sacred texts.
  2. ^ "The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Kairata Parva: Section XL". www.sacred-texts.com.
  3. ^ "The Padma Purana,Section 1:Chapter 14". Wisdom Library.
  4. ^ "Bhagavata purana,Canto 1:Creation:Chapter 3". Vedabase.
  5. ^ "The Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva: Section LXVII". sacred-texts.com.
  6. ^ "The Hare Krsnas - Battles of Vishnu Avatars - Kalanemi". harekrsna.com.
  7. ^ "The Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva: Section LXVII". sacred-texts.com.
  8. ^ "CHAPTER ONE". vedabase.io. Retrieved 29 April 2022.