The Appearance of Lord Varaha

The Lila (pastime) of Lord Varaha

From ISKCON Bangalore

In historic occasions there have been two brothers named Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha. They have been demons born to sage Kashyapa Muni. They flaunted unusual bodily options and had steel-like frames which grew similar to mountains. Their our bodies grew to become so tall they appeared to kiss the sky with the crests of their golden crowns. They blocked the view in all instructions, and whereas strolling shook the earth with their each step.

The youthful demon, Hiranyaksha, was a grasping exploiter of gold. He exploited sufficient gold from the earth to trigger it to spin out of orbit. It then fell into the ocean.

Lord Brahma who was the creator of the Universe was considering of learn how to elevate the earth which was submerged in water. At this time, the small type of a boar got here out of his nostril. The measurement of the creature was no more than the higher portion of a thumb. While Brahma was taking a look at it, that boar grew to become located within the sky like a huge elephant. Then the boar roared like a rolling mountain. Brahma and the opposite demigods who noticed this got here to know that he was an incarnation of Lord Krishna and supplied their prayers.

Playing like an elephant, Lord Varaha (the boar) flew within the sky, slashing his tail, his exhausting hairs quivering. He scattered the clouds within the sky along with his hooves and glittering white tusks. As Lord Krishna had assumed the type of a boar He looked for the earth by scent. Diving into the water like an enormous mountain, He break up the ocean into two enormous waves. Lord Varaha penetrated the water with His hooves, sharp like arrows. There he noticed the earth, the resting place for all residing beings, mendacity because it was firstly of creation. Then He simply took the earth on His tusks and lifted it out of the water. With His anger glowing like molten coals, Lord Varaha then accosted the demon Hiranyaksha.

Thereupon Lord Varaha killed the demon throughout the water, simply as a lion kills an elephant. The cheeks and tongue of the Lord grew to become smeared with the blood of the demon, simply as an elephant turns into reddish from digging within the purple earth.

In this way the Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna the maintainer of all residing entities, raised the earth from throughout the water, and having positioned it afloat on the water, He returned to His abode.


Shastra (scripture)

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
Canto Three, Chapter 13

The Appearance of Lord Varāha: Canto 3 Chapter 13


Brahmā thought: While I’ve been engaged within the means of creation, the earth has been inundated by a deluge and has gone down into the depths of the ocean. What can we do who’re engaged on this matter of creation? It is greatest to let the Almighty Lord direct us.

Text 18

O sinless Vidura, impulsively, whereas Brahmā was engaged in considering, a small type of a boar got here out of his nostril. The measurement of the creature was no more than the higher portion of a thumb.

Text 19

O descendant of Bharata, whereas Brahmā was observing Him, that boar grew to become located within the sky in an exquisite manifestation as gigantic as an important elephant.

Text 20

Struck with surprise at observing the great boarlike type within the sky, Brahmā, with nice brāhmaṇas like Marīci, in addition to the Kumāras and Manu, started to argue in numerous methods.



The Appearance day of Lord Varaha is often known as Varaha Dvadasi, for it falls the day after Bhaimi Ekadashi. Ekadashi quick the day earlier than is fasting from grains and beans, and on Varaha Dvadasi we quick until midday.





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