Hindu Mythology

The colorful deities and demons of India...

VARÂHA

Hindu Supreme God

Also known as Adivaraha

Vishnu as a boar

He is an Avatar of SuperGod Vishnu who appeared as a giant boar to save the world from the demon Hiranyâksha, who was dragging it down into the primordial ocean.

Varâha dived in after it and flipped it out with his tusks so swiftly that not a drop of water had time to harm anything. He then gave the demon a total tusking.

Vishnu was then free to stop making a pig of himself. Apparently this kind of thing happens on a regular basis every squillion eons or so.

We are told that Vishnu got the original idea from Brahma himself, who had used the boar manifestation to bring the world up from the primordial ocean in the first place — except that he had to dry it out and stock it with livestock.

Varâha Facts and Figures

Name: Varâha
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Adivaraha

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Everything
Area of expertise: Supreme, Everything

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 814

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Article last revised on September 18, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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