Not as many flavors as Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, but in my count there are 14 incarnations of Lord Vishnu depicted in the icon at the center of the Vishnu Shanti Ashram meditation hall. In today’s photo you can see 8 1/2 of them. Everything about this Ashram is done on a large scale. The magnificent chariot entrance, the black marble tablets with the entire 800 verses of the Bhagavad Gita inscribed on them in three languages, the statues throughout the 20 acres of grounds, and the main Ashram building itself. It’s all very impressive.
Getting back to this rather large statue which sits in the center of the meditation hall. By some accounts it is a statue of Vishwaroopa Narayana, with the encompassing the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. When I was there I counted 14. Depending on your source, there are un-officially anywhere from 10 to 18, so the 14 I counted seems to be a fair number and I’m going with that.
This statue is a beautiful work of art and fun to photograph. Check out all those snakes with the red tongues and bug eyes!
If you ever make a visit Bangalore, India, taking an afternoon to hire a Tuk Tuk to take you the 25 km to the outskirts of the city to pay a visit here is recommended. The traffic is fierce so know that ahead of time and just relax and get to know your driver. You might get some new tips of other interesting places to visit as well as making a new friend