Dashavatar, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu
, were meant for establishing ‘dharma’, whenever ‘adharma’ occurs. Even though it is considered a myth, the scientific facts behind the Dashavatar are now under research. It is said that the ten incarnations represent the evolution of mankind.
The 9 avatars so far are Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narasimha (half-man, half-lion), Vamana (dwarf man), Parashuram (man with an axe), Ram (moral man), Krishna (philosophical man) and Balaram (spiritual man) respectively. The tenth avatar, Kalki is yet to manifest. From the sequence of the avatars itself, it is obvious that it represents the sequence of the origin of life.