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Vishnu Avatar 01. Matsya

The Fish Avatar of Vishnu also called Matsya links him with a horned fish and/or a horned animal. This horned fish makes its way westwards and becomes the fish/animal linked with the sign of Capricorn in the West. In Egypt the horned fish becomes a type of Nile Perch called the Oxyrhynchus. The animal version of matsya is a horned animal. It is likely that the natural origins thereof lie in the Antelope Cervicapra which makes its way to the west as the Unicorn. matsya m. (cf. {matsa} and {maccha}) a fish (personified as a prince with the patr. {sAmmada} a partic. species of fish (in astron.) the figure of a figure (= {timi}) a partic. luminous appearance (du.) the 12th sign of the zodiac (Pisces) a partic. figure (= {svastikamadhyAkRti}) (pl.) N. of a people and country (which accord. to Mn. ii , 19 forms part of Brahmarshi) a king of the Matsyas (cf. {matsa}) N. of Virata (as having been found by fishermen , along with his sister Matsya1 or Satya-vati , in the body of the Apsaras Adrika , metamorphosed into a fish) N. of a pupil of Deva-mitra Sskalya {A}) f. a female fish Un2. iv , 104 Sch. ; N. of the sister of king Virata (cf. above) MBh. ; ({I}) f. see {matsa} and g. {gaurAdi}.
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