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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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  • Varaha is a part of eastern group of temples. Temple enshrines a image of Varaha, the boar, which is the incarnation of lord vishnu  more »
  • The Varaha Temple is a small temple at the Western Group of. Temples in and is dedicated to Varaha (Boar) incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The idol of Varaha is made of Metal and is still in a majestic for...  more »
  • A monolithic sculpture, the Varaha sculpture almost shines as though it is made of metal. (cannot believe it was sandstone) The varaha is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Varaha has numerous miniatu...  more »
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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
  • 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.[1] Khajuraho is a small village in Chattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh, India.[1] Varaha (Sanskrit: वराह) is the third Avatar of the Lord Vishnu, in the form of a Varaha (Boar). Legend Edit Lord 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. Depiction Edit Varaha is depicted in art as either purely animal or as being anthropomorphic, having a boar's head on a man's body. In the latter form he has four arms, two of which hold the wheel and conch-shell while the other two hold a mace, sword or lotus or make a gesture (or "mudra") of blessing. The Earth is held between the boar's tusks. The Varaha Temple structure is one of the monuments among Khajuraho Group of Monuments, a World Heritage Site in India. It is dated to c. 900–925 AD.[1] Inside the temple complex, Varaha Temple is located next (South) to Lakshmi Temple and opposite to Lakshman Temple. Architecture Edit The Varaha Shrine, built on a lofty plinth,[1] is simple and modest. It has an oblong pavilion with a pyramidal roof of receding tiers, resting on fourteen plain pillars.[1] The shrine is built entirely of sandstone.[1] The statue of Varaha is 2.6 m long[1] and 1.7 high.[1] The sculpture is colossal and monolithic and made of sandstone. The sculpture is carved with numerous figures on its entire body (also seen in image). The sculpture carved between nose and mouth, depicts goddess (of Saraswati) carrying Veena in her arms
  • Temple dedicated to the Varaha, the boar incarnation of the Lord Vishnu.
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  • A small temple opposite of Lakshman temple. A big statue of Varaha (Boar) installed in it.

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The worldwide fame of the Khajuraho temples has given rise to a vibrant tourist industry; consequently, this relatively small town offers a range of accommodation facilities. Most hotels concentrate along the airport road and main temple road, varying from luxury international chains to low budget lodgings. Five-star deluxe outlets with spas, pools, landscape gardens, and views of temples tend to lie closer to the airport, while economy accommodations surround the eastern group of temples and follow the Khudar River. Some family-friendly, affordable establishments have good views of the temples, and a few of the mid-range hotels feature lovely rooftop restaurants.
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