MOHINI OR THE TEMPTRESS: Mohini is an avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu where he assumes the form of a beautiful and enchanting woman. Using this form he beguiles men into submission and defeat thereby saving the universe and the Gods from annihilation. Episodes where Lord Vishnu has adopted this incarnation include the time when the nectar of immortality was to be distributed only to the Gods and not the demons. At this time, Lord Vishnu adopts the form of a beautiful woman and beguiles the demons into acceding to give the nectar to the Gods first. The other time is when Lord Vishnu adopts the Mohini avatar to save Lord Shiva from the threat of Bhasmasura.
This print from the Ravi Varma Press derived from a painting by Raja Ravi Varma depicts Mohini as a woman on a swing, her white diaphanous saree and contrasting black hair tantalizingly flowing in the wind.