11. Kalki

Kalki ( कल्कि) is the tenth and final great incarnation of Vishnu- who will descend in order to end the present age of darkness and destruction known as KALI YUGA.

The name Kalki is often a metaphor for Eternity or time. The origins of the name probably lie in the Sanskrit word “kalka” which refers to mud, dirt, filth, or foulness and hence denotes the “destroyer of foulness,” “destroyer of confusion,” “destroyer of darkness,” or “annihilator of ignorance.

Other similar and divergent interpretations based on varying etymological derivations from Sanskrit – (including one simply meaning “White Horse”) have been made.

Hindu traditions permit numerous interpretations of what avatars are and to what purpose they act. Avatara means “descent” and indicates a descent of the divine awareness into manifestations of the mundane form. The Garuda lists ten avatars -with Kalki being the tenth.

Popular images depict him riding a white horse with wings known as Devadatta (God-given). In these images, Kalki is brandishing a sword in his left hand and is intent on eradicating the kali yuga’s corrupt destitution and debauchery.

The Kalki Purana combines all of the elements from the puranas above. He is one who has power to change the course of time stream in the favor of the good. He will be one to whom the power to change the destiny of the world will be given.

It states the evil family of the demon Kali will spring from the back of Brahma. They will descend to earth and cause mankind to turn towards depravity. When man stops offering yagna to the gods, lord Vishnu himself will descend to earth to rid the world of evil.

He will be reborn as Kalki to noted Brahmin’s family in the city of Shambhala. As a young man, He will be mentored in the arts of war by Parasurama – the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. He will then set out across the world battling evil kings and false prophets.

He finally defeat Kali and bring about the Satya Yuga. Having completed His mission, He will assume his four-armed form and return to heaven as Vishnu.

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