What does the word avatar mean to a Hindu? March 18, 2012 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: Religion The word avatar means the human incarnation of a god to a Hindu. The word is most frequently applied to the 10 incarnations of Vishnu, the benevolent god of sun and light. His most famous avatars are: Krishna, Rama, and Buddha. Related PostsWhat does the word Mafia mean and what does the word Cosa Nostra mean?Where did the word crap come from and does it refer to shooting craps?Where does the word Salary come from?Where does the word vaudeville come from?Where does the word “video” come from?