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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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  • A small temple in front of the Lakshman temple o the Western group. Houses a huge very beautifully decorated boar which in Hindu mythology is considered to be a incarnation of Vishnu. 
  • Because we had the morning to see the entire complex, prioritizing the 20 odd temples was an issue. I would spend a limited amount of time on this one. I appreciate the carvings but I think seeing the...  more »
  • The temple houses a huge monolithic statue of Lord Varaha. The entire statue is engraved with images of gods and goddesses. The temple structure is very simple and small. 
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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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