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Varaha Jayanti
 

About 2015 Varaha Jayanti

Varaha Jayanti- Birth Anniversary of Varaha
16th September 2015 (Wednesday)
 

Varaha is the third incarnation of VishnuVishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
and his birth anniversary is celebrated as VarahaVarahaVaraha
Varaha is the third incarnation of Vishnu who came on earth to rescue the it from the bottom of a sea. As all the other forms of Vishnu, Varaha too had the purpose of restoring Dharma and ending the rule of evil and maleficence.
Jayanti. He came on earth in the form of the boar to destroy evil and on this day people thank him for eradicating impurities and protecting innocent from the wrath of the sinful. The day is also known as Varaha Dwadashi and is majorly celebrated in South India.

 
Legend
 
When a demon named Hiranyaksha dragged the earth and took it to the bottom of the sea, Vishnu decided to rescue earth in the form of Varaha. Symbolically, human beings are like the earth which are dragged down into misery and depression and it is only through the help of God, one is able to retain his status. Just like Varaha uplifted the earth on his tusks, similarly Vishnu uplifts our soul, enlightens and guides us.
 
Rituals
 
People visit temples dedicated to Vishnu and perform a special Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadin his name. They sing numerous hymns and chant Vishnu Sahasranamam. In order to please Vishnu, people also observe a complete day fast. Devotees opt for staying vigil at night and chant mantras like “Om Varahay Namah”, “Om Sookraya Namah” and “Om Dhritsookarrupkeshvaya Namah”. Reading excerpts from Srimad Bhagwad Gita is also a part of the custom.
 
Worshippers can celebrate this day at home by first cleaning the place of worship and then installing an idol of Vishnu. The idol is to be placed only in a pot made up of brass and filled with water. It is decorated with mango leaves and topped by a coconut. Family members may sit together and one by one narrate the legends of various incarnations of Vishnu. Some people also follow the ritual of Visarjan. After worshipping the idol, they submerge it into a clean water body like river or sea. Performing charity on the day is also considered auspicious and Brahmins It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scripturesare invited at home and offered varieties of food.
 
A temple named Bhu Varahaswamy temple, located in Tirumala, is dedicated to this incarnation of Vishnu. The idol placed in the temple is given an Abhishekam Bathing the idol of the Hindu deitywith Panchamrit.
 
Significance
 
One who observes a fast on this day is protected from the dangers and evils. All the darkness of ego and pride is eliminated from his life and the light of knowledge and self-realization is bestowed upon him. Prosperity and happiness come knocking at the door.
 
I have mentioned legend in a small para because this part will be covered in an article on Varaha.
 

 



 

 
 
 

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