Dasavathara –Balarama vs Buddha controversy –What do you think?
The ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu starts with Mathsya and ends with Kalki of the future . It is told as
“Mathsya , Koorma, Varahascha, Nrusimhascha , Vamana , Ramo, Ramascha, Ramascha , Krishna Kalki Janardhana”
Prayers addressed to and temples dedicated to Mathsya, Koorma , Vamana , And Balarama are very rare .I had in my collection some rare stotrams addressed to these Gods and I have presented them along with prayers addressed to you all in the last nine days.
One reader told me that Balabadhra or Balarama is not the incarnation of Lord Vishnu but an incarnation of Adhi Sesha. If he were accepted as an incarnation then Lakshmana also should be one among the Dasavatharas.
That gentleman said , the Dasavatharas are not as given above but
“Mathsya , Koorma, Varahascha, Nrusimhascha , Vamana , Ramo, Ramascha , Krishnascha, Buddha Kalki Janardhana”
That is Balarama is not the eighth incarnation but Budha is the ninth incarnation.One possible reason for this is that if Balarama is the incarnation , he has done no great deed in killing the Asuras .There are few references like this but to my best of my knowledge Hinduism has not accepted Buddha as God and nor have Buddhists ever claimed that Budha is a Hindu God. There is a Dasavathara Stotra which starts with “Yaa Thwara Jala Sanchare …” where Balarama is not included as an incarnation but Budha is. I have another six Dasavathara Stotras in my collection (Which I am going to post from tomorrow) where Balarama is the incarnation and not Buddha .
I know there are many learned scholars in and outside face book and I would like their comments on this Issue.