Wednesday, August 27, 2014


BIRTH DAY OF VARAHA INCARNATION - Varaha Jayanti celebration approaches. This year, Varaha Jayanti is celebrated on 28th August, Thursday. This festivity is dedicated to Lord Varaha, another incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who was born to destroy evils. On this day, devotees perform bhajans and observe fasts in order to please Lord Varaha. Lord Varaha is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Worshipping Lord Varaha on this day brings wealth, fortune and happiness to the devotee. Varaha Jayanti Story: Diti gave birth to two demons.
Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakshayapu were born with terrific powers. At the time of their birth, the entire universe was terrified. Earth shook, huge tides aroused in the oceans and stars moved upside down. The scenario of the three worlds was in itself terrifying. Soon, both brothers grew up with strong and huge built.

Both of them performed tough austerities and were able to please Lord Brahma. They asked for limitless powers and that no one should be able to defeat them in any war. Lord Brahma granted them the wish and went back to heaven. Both of them became powerful and started troubling people of all the three worlds to prove their strengths. After acquiring the three worlds, Hiranyaksha 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. 
Varaha got earth free from abyss of the deep Garbhodaka ocean by holding it with his tusks, and restored the planet earth in its correct position in space. After completing his task, and restore the Earth in a safe place, Varaha and Hiranyaksha fought each other for a long time and then Hiranyaksha was killed by Lord Vishnu.

Tomorrow, 28th August 2014 (Thursday) is Varaha Jayanti. It is the birth anniversary of Varaha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu is the preserver and protector of the universe. He protects us from various dangers and evil powers. It is explained in the 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. Varaha is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu during Satya Yuga that appeared to rescue Earth from Demon Hiranyakasha. Special Puja is organized in Lord Vishnu temples on the occasion of Varaha Jayanti. Among the rituals to observe during this festivity, we can mention that devotees should observe fast throughout the day and organize a Jagran (a way of worship throughout night) reciting stories of various manifestations of Lord Vishnu overnight. Devotees who observe fast on Varaha Jayanti normally establish a deity of Lord Varaha in a kalash (a sacred waterpot), followed by doing Visarjan (immersion of a deity in the water). Once the puja is done the deity is donated to any Brahman or Acharya. It is believed that worshipping Lord Varaha gets one rid of all the problems in life and brings good fortune and happiness. Nowadays, huge industries are drilling the ocean for oil, but they do not care about the imbalance they are creating in the subterranean depths. In order to satisfy their excessive ambition for money, they are putting our Mother Earth in great dangers, just as the demon Hiranyaksha did millions of year ago. We must always remember that when the Lord's creation is in danger, He himself appears to punish the wicked and put things in their proper locations. (Editor's note).

When Brahmaji saw the earth submerged in the water, he thought for a long time about how it could be rescued. [...] Even after much effort, Brahmaji was not able to think of any solution. At last, he took shelter of the Supreme Lord Visnu. While Brahmaji was still deep in thought, a small boar the size of the tip of a thumb manifested from his nose. But the most surprising thing is that the small boar expanded in front of Brahmaji and within moments, filled the sky and assumed a form as big as an elephant.  [...] The omnipotent Sri Hari enlivened Brahma and the other highly elevated brahmanas by again roaring with His uncommon voice. The sound of His roar was so sweet that it destroyed all the miseries of the hearer. [...] The Lord of all sacrifices penetrated the water with His hooves, and in the depths of the Rasatala ocean, He saw the earth lying there as it was carried by Him in his stomach during the time of devastation. Lord Varaha lifted the earth on His tusks and appeared very splendid.

Śrīla Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Mahārāja :
“Dasavatara - The Ten Manifestations of God”
Chapter 3: “Varaha Avatara (The Boar Incarnation)”
Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math -

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

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