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Indian School, late 18th century

Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. circa 1790

RCIN 1005115.j

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Devotion to Vishnu and his ten earthly incarnations or avatars (the dashavatara) is particularly prevalent in north India. According to Hindu belief, Vishnu was compelled to descend to earth in these ten animal and human manifestations in order to restore dharma (cosmic order).