Why Lord Vishnu Came as Varaha Avatar?
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. The story of Varaha avatar is illustrated in the third canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam is nectar of pastimes of Lord Vishnu. In this article we shall discuss briefly why Lord Vishnu came as Lord Varaha.
The Purpose of Incarnation of Lord Vishnu
Lord Vishnu comes whenever there is disturbance of religious principles and when his devotees are in danger with demoniac forces. His appearance of Varahadev was to protect the earth and annihilate the demon Hiranyaksha. Hiranyaksha was the twin brother of Hiranyaksaipu. These two were the sons of Diti and Kashyapa. Hiranyaksha means Golden eye or Golden head. Hiranyaksha went to do austerities and achieved great boons and began to trouble demigods.
The Incarnation of Varaha Dev
When Lord Brahma was given order by Supreme Personality of Godhead to start the creation, he went to earth. But Lord Brahma was astonished to see the Mother Earth submerged in the waters of Cosmic Ocean. Lord Brahma went to Lord Vishnu. He begged to get Earth from the water so that he could start his creation. As Lord Brahma was praying a tiny boar emerged from his nostrils and quickly grew larger than the size of elephant. No one knew why Lord Vishnu had assumed this form.
The boar went in the Casual Ocean and took out the Earth placing it on the tusks. But by that time the atrocities of Hirayaksha reached an unbearable level. He came to disturb the boar and challenged to fight. Then Lord Vishnu in form of boar fought with Hiranyaksha for one thousand years. Finally Varaha dev killed Hiranyaksha. Varaha dev took out Earth and placed it in the orbit. All demigods began to shower flowers on Varaha dev. Lord Brahma began the creation and Earth became vibrant with variegated life. All demigods became peaceful and happy.
This interesting pastime of Varaha dev is so auspicious that devotees of Lord take great pleasure in hearing and reciting it. They celebrate the appearance of Varaha dev on the 12th day of bright fortnight (davdasi) of Magha month.