Vishnu’s Dashavatar: Mohini Avatar

Hello guys! Today, I’m going to continue the last week’s story. If you haven’t read that post, click here. This time, we’ll see what Lord Vishnu’s next avatar, Lady Mohini does. So, let’s go!

Many herbs were mixed in the churning, where Lord Kurma held Mt. Mandara while the Devas and Asuras churned the ocean using King Vasuki as the rope. The Devas and Asuras pulled and pushed the rope to and fro for a long time. The scene was a sight to behold!

Many precious gems and rare beings emerged from the churning.

They were,

  • Lakshmi – The Goddess of wealth and prosperity; consort of Lord Vishnu, came back to Vishnu during the churning from the churned ocean. I will tell you about this story soon.
  • Apsaras – Divine dancers of Indra’s court, described as extremely beautiful women. Some of them are Menaka, Rambha, Urvashi, etc.
  • Varuni – Consort of Varuna (the God of Water)
  • Kamadhenu – The wish-granting cow, given to the Sages.
  • Ucchaishravas – The divine seven-headed horse, given to the Asuras
  • Kaustubha – The most valuable gem, given to Lord Vishnu.
  • Parijata – The divine flowering tree whose flowers never wilt. Taken by Indra and planted in his abode.
  • Halahal – The most deadly poison in the world.

WAIT, POISON? Someone do something! Lord Shiva is here! Lord Shiva swallowed the poison to save the Devas and Asuras. But won’t he die? No, he won’t die because he is a God. Look who is pressing on his neck to stop the poison from going further, Parvati!

But what both the Devas and Asuras wanted; the Amrita, wasn’t here yet. After a long time, the physician of the Devas, Dhanvantari, emerged from the churned water. He had a golden pot, studded with precious gems, it contained… The Amrita! Seeing the Amrita, the minds of the Asuras got filled with greed. They snatched the Amrita from Dhanvantari and ran from the scene. 

A mesmerizing woman appeared in front of them and looked at them with enchanting eyes. Her face shone like the moon, and with lotus-like hands and feet. This was Lord Vishnu’s third avatar, Lady Mohini! The Asuras were enchanted by her beauty and let her take the pot of Amrita. 

Lady Mohini

The Devas and Asuras sat in two lines, waiting for Mohini to give them the Amrita. Mohini served the Amrita generously to the Devas and none to the Asuras. An Asura called Svarbhanu saw this and disguised himself as a Deva and sat between Surya and Chandra, the Sun and Moon Gods respectively. Mohini served Svarbhanu the Amrita and he drank it. Surya and Chandra noticed that that was Svarbhanu, an Asura who was sitting between them and told Mohini. Mohini got angry and raised her hand. The Sudharshana Chakra, the discus weapon of Lord Vishnu, appeared in her hand. She sliced his neck, but he didn’t die as he drank the Amrita. The head of Svarbhanu was called Rahu and the body was called Ketu. They became associated with ascending and descending lunar nodes respectively.

The Asuras got angry and waged a war against the Devas. Both sides fought valiantly and the Devas won.

Surprise! Dhanvantari is an Avatar of Lord Vishnu too! How? Vishnu has 10 main Avatars, you already know who they are. But do you know that he took an additional 14 minor Avatars totaling the list to 24?

Ok, I’m here to answer all your questions, ask away!

‘How can the Devas and Mohini be unjust to the Asuras? They also churned the ocean, they should have gotten the Amrita too.’

As I mentioned, the Devas were fairly good beings and the Asuras were mostly bad beings. If the Asuras became Immortal, then the whole Universe shall be filled with crime and evil. So the Devas and Mohini were acting for the greater good by killing the Asuras and being ‘unjust’ with them.

If you have any questions please feel free to drop a comment below, I will surely try to answer them 😊

By DhyanKatha

Hi, I’m a 12-year-old homeschooler. I’m interested in Carnatic classical music. I’m fascinated by Indian epics and other untold stories.

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