Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Varaha - The Boar


During the reign of the Swayambhuva_Manu, the earth had sunk to the bottom of the ocean (some say by the action of Hiranyaksha), and life could not exist there. Heeding the prayers of the Devas, Lord Vishnu changed himself into a boar and raised the earth from the bottom of the ocean, supported on his teeth (tusks?). This is the Varaha-avatar.

Hiranyaksha tried to prevent this, and was killed by the boar in the ensuing battle. The Asura Narakusara was born to the earth-mother and Vishnu, in his form as the Varaha. See 'Varaha-The Boar' for more details.

Last Modified At: Sun Aug 7 11:03:10 2005