As per the scriptures, Varaha is the third incarnation of the supreme lord Vishnu on this mortal
land. The legends say that a demon named Hiranyaksha hid the Earth known as Bhudevi in the
primordial waters. To rescue Bhudevi, Vishnu took the form of a Varaha (boar) and took her out
of the waters on his tusks. As a result, lord Varaha and demon Hiranyaksha engage in a fierce
battle, and Hiranyaksha is finally defeated. Lord Varaha then marries Bhudevi and becomes her
Lord Varaha is an ancient deity whose mentions are even found in the oldest scripture, Rigveda.
He is either illustrated as a full boar or as a human with the head of a boar. In this beautiful
bronze statue, He has been depicted in a human form with a boar head along with her consort,
Bhudevi sitting by her side. The statue is made using the ancient Madhuchista Vidhana
technique (lost wax) by the brilliant craftsmen of Swamimalai.
The four-armed lord is standing on an upturned lotus pedestal with one of his legs resting on the ground and the other leg folded, on which Bhudevi is sitting. He holds the Shankh (conch) and Chakra ( a weapon) in his upper arms that are also the symbols of Vaishnavites. He is embracing Bhudevi with his lower left arm while blessing his devotees with the other.
Both the lord and Devi are adorned with beautiful clothes and shining jewels. The crowns are delicate works of art. This statue radiates peace and a vibrance of wellness. Lord Varaha is a standing embodiment of power and vigour, to fight against evil. He gives the inspiration to fight for the good, and also the power to persist.
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