9th Avatar of Lord Vishnu | Story of Gautam Buddha
It is believed that the 9th Avatar of Lord Vishnu was Gautam Buddha. If we compare, Gautam Buddha doesn’t have any power as the rest of the Vishnu avatar’s had. He was a complete human who expounded the four noble truths (Arya Satya) conceiving suffering, its cause, its destruction and the way to the elimination of sorrow.
In southern tradition the 9th Avatar of Lord Vishnu is considered as Balarama, brother of Lord Krishna. But in northern tradition Balaram is replaced by Buddha. According to puranas, Lord Vishnu was born as Gautam Buddha to mislead those who deny the vedic knowledge.
In the 13th century poet Jayadna defines Vishnu incarnation as Buddha to end the animal slaughter in vedic sacrifices. And in contemporary Hinduism, Buddha is revered by Hindus who usually consider “Buddhism to be another form of Hinduism”.
|| Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata
Abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srjamy aham
Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskritam
Dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge ||