Varaha Avatar-2

In this post, Let us see a much interesting, alternate version of Varaha avatar which by the way is the third avatar of the Dashavatars of Lord Vishnu.

Now we know that Lord Brahma wanted to start his creation and found to his horror that Mother Earth or Bhoomi Devi was missing. He knew very well that He could not do anything but pray to Lord Vishnu to resolve the crisis.

Before He could even start to pray, a small boar-no bigger than the upper part of the thumb finger-jumped from Brahma’s nostril. Within no time, the boar grew in size to ten Yojanas in breadth and a thousand yojanas high. He was the same colour that of a dark cloud; and his roar was like thunder; his tusks were white, sharp, and fearful; fire flashed from his eyes like lightning, and he was radiant as the sun; his bulk was vast as a mountain; his shoulders were round and large and his body was smooth and beautiful. His eyes were like the lotus. He was so big that Mount Meru could fit into each round bell in his anklet.

Just imagine such a persona – A wild boar of such proportions, but with lotus eyes (PundariKakshan) and smooth and a beautiful body!! Some sight it would have been to see Varaha like explained here.

On seeing Him, all the great sages, Sanandana and the other residents of Janaloka, Tapoloka and Satyaloka started praying to Him and hailing Him. On hearing all their prayers, the Boar emitted a low murmuring sound which was like the chanting of Sama Veda.

He dived into the oceans dividing it into two halves. He penetrated the water with His hooves, just like sharp arrows penetrating its target. He then searched for Mother Earth by Her smell (true to His avatar).He reached and lifted Her up in between his great white tusks. Water rushed to the lower Lokas through the marks made by His hooves. He killed Hiranyaskha and lifted Bhoomi Devi to the top of the ocean where everyone waited with bated breath. As He reared up His head, water from his brow sprinkled and purified everything that came in contact with it.

He laid down the Earth in the summit of the ocean and disappeared.

Now, that is some story, is it not? Nothing given here is my imagination. The Avatar is described in more detail in our ancient scriptures like Vishnu Purana, Bhagavatam and Vayu Purana. Each time it is narrated in between generations, the version has thinned and thinned to come to the present version.

Anyway, this is about the incarnation. But what about its objective? Every Avatar in the Dashavatar has an objective and it is certainly not to kill some Asura. If It was, then Vishnu does not have to come in another form to kill or come down to the earth at all!

We will see about Varaha Avatar’s objective in the next post.


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