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Varaha Jayanti

Varaha Jayanti

Varaha Jayanti is the birth day of Varaha incarnation of Shri Vishnu Bhagwaan (Lord Vishnu).

Lord Vishnu, as per the Hindu mythology, is the preserver and protector of the universe. He protects us from various dangers and evil powers. It is explained in Vishnu Purana that whenever Dharma or law and order is endangered, Shri Vishnu will incarnate to eradicate the darkness and win over the evil powers. There have been many incarnations of Vishnu that appeared at different times to defeat demons. Lord Varaha is also such an incarnation of Shri Vishnu; and Varaha Jayanti is the day when Lord Vishnu took the form of Varaha.

Varaha Jayanti is celebrated on Dwadashi Tithi (second day) of Magh Shukla Paksha, which is why it is also known as Varaha Dwadashi.

Varaha is the third incarnation of Vishnu that appeared to rescue Earth from Demon Hiranyakasha. After performing austerities for years, Hiranyakasha pleased Brahma. He attained unending powers from Brahma, and he was also blessed with the boon that rendered him almost immortal. As per the boon, no demon, no god, no human being could kill Hiranyakasha. To prove his superiority, he went on to disturb the lives of the three worlds. To make the matter worst, he dragged the Earth into the bottom of the sea. To end his terror and free the Earth from evil, Shri Vishnu took the form of Varaha, half-boar-half-human, and defeated Hiranyaksha. Lord Varaha is represented in paintings and sculptures with the head of a boar and rest of the body of a human lifting Earth with his tusks. It is believed that Vishnu incarnation Varaha killed the demon and took Earth in his tusks to raise it out of the water.

Ritual & Celebrations
Varaha Jayanti is celebrated mainly in Southern India.  However, there is a very old temple dedicated to Lord Varaha, located in Mathura.  In Bhu Varaha Swamy temple located in Tirumala, on this day, Varaha swamy is given holy bath in cow’s milk, ghee, butter, honey and coconut water.

Besides, many devotees observe fast on this day and also keep an idol of Lord Varaha in a Kalash (a metal pot filled with water, topped with a coconut and mango leaves on its mouth) which is donated to Brahmins after Puja. Charity is considered to be a very important component of this Vrat (fast). People compulsively read Shrimad Bhagwad Gita on this day and sing chants to please Varaha Swamy. It is believed that worshipping Lord Varaha gets one rid of all the problems in life and brings good fortune and happiness


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