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Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

 

"Whenever Dharma, or the situation of law and order, is endangered in this world, I shall incarnate to re-establish Dharma, law and order, and to protect the good people and to destroy the evil elements in society."

Bhagavan Sri Krishna is the protector and sustainer of the entire creation and He or a portion of Him, descends in various forms through different yugas (ages or eons), whenever the forces of darkness overtake the forces of good.

There are ten major incarnations of Lord Vishnu. While many explanations are given for the 10 avatars, one can see striking similarity of these appearances with the theory of evolution of life.

 

Matsya           (Fish)          Life starts in water      (600 million-400 million years ago)
Kurma           (Turtle)        The first amphibians emerge     (100 million years ago)
Varaha           (Boar)         The first mammals evolve         (60 million years ago)
Narasimha      (half man) Neanderthal Man, Half man-half animal (30 million years ago)
Vamana         (short man) Homo Erectus, Upright, yet short (5 - 2 million years ago)
Parashurama (Rama of the Axe) Bronze age; the coming of Ramapithecus;
development of first weapons such as axe. Homo Sapiens (350,000-100,000 years ago)

In the early days of creation, the earth was witnessing another round of dissolution and this was in the aftermath of the Matsya avtaar.

At this juncture, Lord Brahma, the creator of the Universe, brought forth ‘sons’ from his mind. They were the great sages and ‘prajapatis’ - Marichi, Atri, Angira, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Bhrigu, Vasishta, Daksha and Narada.

It is believed that these sages created the three kinds of inhabitants of the universe - the celestial, the intermediate and the infernal.

Marichi’s son was Kashyap who married some of the daughters of Daksha Prajapati - the most important of them were Aditi, Diti and Danu.  From Aditi, a gentle and pious lady, were born the Devas or Suras.  

The two other wives, Diti and Danu were haughty and proud. They became the mothers of the asuras, the Daityas and Danavas (Rakshasas). The two children born to Danu were called  ‘Hiranyaksha and Hirankashyap'. The elder of these two belligent and powerful asuras, Hiranyaksha, was itching to fight a war with his co-brothers, the Devas as he wanted to rule over Devalok.

With this goal in mind, he performed extremely severe penance, alongwith his brother Hiranyakashyap, for hundreds of years. Finally Lord Brahma was obliged to appear before the two brothers to grant them whatever it was that they were praying so hard for.

The two brothers wanted only one thing –immortality. After hearing them patiently, Lord Brahma explained to them that everything – including himself – must one day die and that was just the law of nature. “Ask anything else, and it shall be yours” said the Father of all creation.

Both the Danavas, thinking themselves to be very clever, asked for boons with so many conditionalities that it well-nigh rendered them immortal.

Hiranyaksha asked that he may not be killed by any human, rakshasa, danava or deva, nor by any astra or shastra. He never thought to ask for immunity from animals, as he could not imagine any animal getting the better of him. Hiranyaksha was famed for having the strength of 10,000 elephants.

After they received their boons, the two powerful brothers divided up the three worlds between themselves and went about unleashing a reign of violence and terror, conquering the different realms and installing themselves as absolute Lords.
Their co-brothers, the devas headed by Devendra, were routed from Devalok. The nether regions too came under their control.

Through all this, the two brothers had only one nagging anxiety – Lord Vishnu. They knew that as long as He was there, they could not be assured of their ever-lasting reign or power. Conquering Hari was therefore imperative.

So Hiranyaksha thought of a plan to hide Mother Earth or Bhooma Devi, who is one of the consorts of Sri Hari. Hiranyaksha felt that by doing so, Vishnu who loved Bhooma Devi very dearly, would definitely confront him in a fight.

Thus he plunged the Earth into the depths of the causal ocean (kaarana samudra), which forms almost half of the universe.  Mother Earth lay buried, deep under the murky waters, with all life wiped out. All the souls were in a state of suspension, unable to work out their destinies. This infuriated Vishnu and he decided to teach Hiranyaksha a lesson.

Noticing the disappearance of Earth, Lord Brahma and the great sages were conferring among themselves, wondering what had happened to Earth, as she could not be found. Brahma ji anxiously heaved a sigh, exhaling through his nose. A tiny speck was suddenly expelled from his left nostril.

Even as Lord Brahma looked on, the tiny speck grew bigger and bigger and soon took the form of a giant boar. Amazed and incredulous, Brahma ji and the rishis realized that this must be the Supreme Lord in the form of a transcendental Boar and began to glorify Him.

The divine Boar was beautiful to behold with its dark colour, like a tamal tree, shining ornaments and long lotus garland.  The famous Sudarshan chakra and Panchajanya shankha could be seen in two of His arms. Varaha Bhagavan roared tumultuously causing the very directions to tremble.  

He then plunged down into the ocean and attacked Hiranyaksha who lay hidden there waiting for Him. There ensued a fierce battle which legend says, lasted for a thousand years. Finally, the Lord pierced Hiranyaksha with His tusks and killed him. Then He gently lifted the Earth on his tusks, from the depths of ocean and brought her back to the surface

Thus, the Varaha Avtaar was taken by Lord Vishnu to save Mother Earth.


Sri Varaha Bhagavan ki Jai !!


Adi Varaha Temple

One of the oldest and self-manifest deities of Sri Varaha Bhagavan exists in Mathura in the Adi Varaha temple. This Deity is also called Lal Varaha because the Deity is red in colour.

According to the Adi Varaha Purana, the story of this Deity is that Kapila Muni conceived of this Deity of Varaha in his mind and at once, It manifested itself before him.

Kapila muni gave the Deity to Lord Indra in Satya-yuga. Indra worshiped this Deity in his kingdom Amaraavati. In Treta yug when Ravana conquered Indra’s kingdom, Ravana took the Adi Varaha Deity to his capital, in Lanka.

When Lord Rama killed Ravana he installed Vibhishan on the throne of Lanka. Vibhishan offered everything at Lord Rama’s feet. Rama said he did not want anything, except the Varaha Deity that was taken from Devalok.

Vibhishan gave Rama the Deity. Prabhu Sri Rama carried the Deity back to Ayodhya and worshiped the Lord there for 110 years. Later when Shatrughna, Lord Rama’s brother, went to Mathura, to fight some demons, he took the Deity with him there and the Deity has been in Mathura every since.

There is also an ancient Varaha temple in Vrindavan on the Parikrama Marg. This is believed to be the place where once Sri Krishna showed His Varaha rupa to the gopis who wanted to see that transcendental form.

 

Sri Varaha dev ki Jai !!

Jai Jai Sri Radhey !!