Varaha

Sveta Varaha and Adi Varaha Temples at Mathura – worshipped by Sri Rama :

Who is Adi Varaha?

Adi Varaha is that avatar of Vishnu, who killed Hiranyaksha and rescued Bhudevi. The golden-eyed Hiranyaksha was the elder son of Diti and Kasyapa.  Hiranyakasipu who was killed by Narasimha, was the younger son of Diti and Kasyapa. Both of them were called Daityas.

Who were the Daityas?

The Daityas are thus sons of Kashyapa Prajapati and step brothers of the Adityas. Since Aditi and Diti are sisters and daughters of Daksha Prajapati, they are also first cousins besides being step brothers. They are genetically of the same stock. As children of Kasyapa and Diti they are also genetically brahmans. In fact as per the Srimad Bhagavatham, there was only 1 varnam in Krutha Yuga.

Varaha Avatar :

Both Varaha and Narasimha Avataras are considered to be Kruta/Satya Yuga Avatars of Vishnu. The Varaha Avatar is related to a time when the earth was under water. Sri Adi Varaha rescued the earth from the waters and created the Sapta Dwipas and the Sapta Samudras (seven islands and seven oceans).

Hiranyaksha wanted the earth for himself and preferably under the water. So Adi Varaha had to fight and kill him to free the earth. Happy Bhudevi (mother earth) was thrilled to be rescued from the Daitya, and she married Adi Varaha. They had a son called Narakasura, who later ruled in Pragjyotishpura (Assam).

Narakasura : (More Info)

This was the Narakasura who was killed by Sri Krishna and Satyabhama Devi. In honour of this event the Telugu people celebrate Deepavali. (See Also : Halloween, Karthika Pouranami, Yama Deepam, Please note that the word Naraka also means hell, so the killing of Naraka may have some other significance too. Narakasura – Assamese king)

Varaha Avatar by Sudhamshu.

Varaha Image (Not the Mathura Temple) : Source :http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3653/3338614940_32c3674b09.jpg

More Details on Timing :

So this is the fourth Kruta Yuga flood that I have written about so far. (Of these, the flood of the Matsya Avatar and Satyavrata Manu is considered to be earlier to this flood. Similarly, The marriage of Sri MahaVishnu withLakshmi Devi took place at the time of the Kurma Avatar which is considered earlier to the Varaha avatar. This is why Sri Mahalakshmi is considered the elder wife and Bhudevi is considered the second wife of Sri Maha Vishnu. Since any king is called Bhupati or the lord of the earth, every king was supposed to have an amsa of Sri Vishnu. It was said “Na avishnu prthvi pathi”. So kings were considered divine, till approximately the British rule. The nationalist freedom fighters showed Bharata Mata as bound by chains and the British were viewed in the same light as Hiranyaksha Daitya. And therefore to some people like me, Gandhiji is yet another Avatar of Vishnu. See AlsoKurma Avatara is after the Narasimha Avatara : Basis : Matsya Purana)

Sveta Varaha and Adi Varaha Temples at Mathura. (Reference)

After lifting the earth, Lord Varaha rested at Visrama Ghata. (This is the place where Lord Varahadeva rested after killing the demon Hiranyaksa and Lord Krsna rested here after killing Kamsa.). The Beautiful Vigraha of Sweta Varaha is in a house, into which non Hindus are not normally allowed.

Down the same street that this temple is located on, there is the Adi Varaha temple. (This is the most ancient Deity in the whole city of Mathura.) Kapila Muni made this Vigraha of Varaha by his mind. Kapila gave this Vigraha to Indra in Satya-yuga. Indra worshiped this Vigraha in his kingdom. When Ravana took over Indra’s kingdom, Ravana took this Adi Varaha Vigraha to his capital, in Lanka. When Sri Rama killed Ravana,  Ravana’s brother, Vibhisana became the king of Lanka. Vibhisana offered everything to Rama. Rama said he did not want anything, except the Varaha Vigraha that was taken from Amaravati. Rama carried the Adi Varaha Vigraha back to Ayodhya and worshipped it there for 110 years. When Satrughna, Sri Rama’s brother, went to Mathura, to kill some Lavanasura, he brought this Adi Varaha Vigraha with him and it has been here every since.”

Some authorities differentiate the Sveta Varaha of the sveta varaha kalpa (our present kalpa), from the Adi Varaha Avatar of Vishnu. I am looking through the various texts to see what light can be shed on this.

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