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Varaha Temple, Khajuraho
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The Varaha Temple at Khajuraho (Devanagri: वराह मंदिर) enshrines a colossal monolithic image of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple depicts Varaha as a purely animal form. The temple is located in the Western Group of Temple Complex Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a World Heritage Site inscribed by UNESCO in 1986 in Khajuraho. Khajuraho is a small village in Chattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh, India.Varaha (वराह) is the third Avatar of the Lord Vishnu, in the form of a Varaha (Boar).LegendLord Vishnu appeared in the form of a Boar in order to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demon who had taken the Earth (Prithvi) and carried it to the bottom of what is described as the cosmic ocean in the story. The battle between Varaha and Hiranyaksha is believed to have lasted for a thousand years, which the former finally won. Varaha carried the Earth out of the ocean between his tusks and restored it to its place in the universe. Vishnu married Prithvi (Bhudevi) in this avatar.The Varaha Purana is a Purana in which the form of narration is a recitation by Varaha.
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  • I guess the Matsya Avtar was the only one missing in Khajuraho. Varaha was looking so sweet that I could not stop myself from cuddling it and hugging it gleefully. It has stood there for a thousand ye...  more »
  • Inside the western temple complex this temple is dedicated to VARAHA, the 3rd incarnation of lord Vishnu. Beautiful art wok and architecture is visible in all temples of this complex. Single stone VAR...  more »
  • Very beautiful statue made out of single stone. At the main gait of the complex this temple is major attraction. 
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  • The Varaha temple houses a sturdy and sweet looking Varaha Avtaar of lord Vishnu. It has been there for a 1000 years now. Respect
  • A small temple opposite of Lakshman temple. A big statue of Varaha (Boar) installed in it.
  • nice place you will find here monolithic image of varaha !!
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  • One stone art ... Ausm