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There have been several Avataar of several gods on this Prithvi. There are some Avataar in which Bhagavaan Himself appeared just to do some specific purpose. After completing the purpose they disappeared, but some of them lived for some time and set an example to people of how to live life. Bhaagvat Puraan gives three lists of 22 names (1.3.6-22), 23 names (2.7) and 16 names (11.4) and goes to the extent of declaring that the Avataar are innumerable. (1.3.26). This is only for Vishnu. There is a belief that Shiv took 100 Avataar among Shaivites. Among the 24 Avataar of Vishnu 10 Avataar are His main Avataar.
There are many other Avataar (incarnations) of other Devtaa, some names are given here ---
Agni Dev's Incarnation
Shatrughn was the incarnation of Vishnu's Paanchjanya Shankh (conch).
It is believed that Sahastraarjun was the incarnation of Vishnu's Chakra.
Sharabh 30th Avataar)
Created by Sushma Gupta on 6/15/11
Updated on 03/27/13