Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Kalki Mean?

Kalki is a Hindu deity known as the mighty warrior. He is listed as the 10th and final of the main incarnations of Vishnu. Those 10 main avatars of Vishnu are collectively known as the Dashavatara. A prominent god in most Hindu traditions, Vishnu is the supreme deity in the Vaishnava tradition, and he forms the Hindu trinity with Brahma and Shiva.

Kalki is sometimes translated from Sanskrit as “eternity.” Unlike Vishnu's other nine incarnations, Kalki has yet to arrive, but is expected to appear at the end of the current era, or Kali Yuga.


Yogapedia Explains Kalki

It is thought that Kalki will come to destroy oppression and the wicked, and will usher in new yuga, or era. He is usually depicted riding or alongside a white horse and carrying a sword — often a fiery sword.

The nine other main avatars of the Dashavatara may vary by region and tradition, but they typically include the following:

  • Matsya (fish)
  • Koorma (tortoise)
  • Varaaha (boar)
  • Narasimha (man-lion)
  • Vamana (the dwarf)
  • Parashurama (the angry man)
  • Rama (the perfect man)
  • Balarama (Krishna's elder brother)
  • Krishna (divine diplomat and statesman)

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