|VARAHA - THE BOAR
Varaha (the boar) is the third incarnation
of Vishnu. Its images are divided into two main groups - those
entirely in animal form and those having an animal's head
on a human body with four arms. As is with most of
the Vishnu incarnations, two hands hold the wheel and the
conch-shell and the other two may hold a sword, a mace or
a lotus, or they may be in the protection and boon giving
Vishnu turned himself into a boar (Varaha) and descended to
the bottom of the ocean to rescue the earth, which had been
abducted and hidden there by HIRYANYAKSA a demon. After a
long struggle Vishnu (as the boar) slew the demon, rescued
the earth and brought it to the surface and made it ready
to support life by modeling the mountains and shaping the
continents. In this way the world was brought into being once
again to begin another KALPA or cycle. The extrication of
the world from the deluge of sin is symbolized by this legend
and is a creation myth.
|VARAHA - THE BOAR
Among descendants of Daksha, the first man that Brahma created
at the beginning of the new KALPA, there was one Kashyap, a sage, who had four wives, Diti, Aditi, Vinita and
Kudroo. Diti gave birth to demons and from Aditi were born
gods, while from Vinita was born Garuda, the carrier
of Vishnu and the last one Kudroo created the hydras. Out
of the demons born of Diti, two were with terrific powers.
These two brothers were named Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashyapu.
Both of them performed so many religious practices and austerities
that in course of time they gained limitless powers.
HIRANYAKSHA fueled with his limitless
power of attacked Heaven, the kingdom of he gods. At his very sight
the gods were struck so much with fear that they hid themselves.
Hiranyaksha challenged Varuna, the Lord of the Ocean, to a
fight. But Varuna answered, ''O great hero, I live like a
hermit. I do not wish to fight. Besides, who can fight with
you! Only God can do it." Then Hiranyaksha went in search
of Hari (Vishnu).
|PRITVI SUBMERGED IN THE OCEAN
|VARAHA LIFTING PRITVI AS
At the end of the PRALAYA earth (PRITVI or BHOOMIDEVI) remained
submerged in the waters. At that moment, through one of the
nostrils of PARABRAHMA a pig shot out. He was very
small in size - just an inch tall. But even as the onlookers
were gazing, he began to grow. He grew and grew and became
huge like a mountain. The Earth had fallen
into the ocean and was lying under the water. The pig lifted
it on his tusks. He was now rising above the water
in order to offer the Earth to Brahma.
|VARAHA LIFTING MOTHER EARTH
saw this mountain like pig and was astounded. Still in limitless
pride he cried, 'Foolish pig, leave the earth where it is
and go away. Yes, I now know who you are; you are no other
than Vishnu in the form of a pig. I have come to break your
head.' So saying he stopped the pig. The Earth - Goddess trembled
at the fearful appearance of the demon. But Varaha (the huge
pig) did not take notice of these things. He was rising from