The Varaha Temple dedicated to the third incarnation of lord Vishnu built by the Chandela King Yashaovarman in around 900 to 950 AD Built on a lofty plinth a simple modest pavilion , pyramidal roof of receding tiers resting over fourteen pillars made of sand stone , located just opposite to the Lakshmana temple of Love .
Varaha is the third Avatar ( Incarnation) of the Lord Vishnu, appeared to defeat Hiranyaksha , a demon who had taken the Earth ( Prithvi ) and carried it to the bottom of the cosmic ocean . The battle between Varaha and Hiranyaksha is believed to have lasted for a thousand years, which the Lord Vishnu finally won. Varaha carried the Earth out of the cosmic ocean between his tusks and restored it to its place in the universe. Varaha incarnation of Lord Vishnu married Prithvi ( Bhudevi ) in this avatar.
The Varaha sculpture is colossal and monolithic and made of sandstone , the entire body 2.6 mtrs long and 1.7 mtrs. tall is covered with small images of Gods and Goddesses in all there are 674 deities in 12 neatly carved rows symbolism to the collective power of these individuals to the Lords Incarnation as Varaha to save the Bhudevi ( Prithvi ) the earth .
Goddess Sarasvati playing Veena is carved between nose and mouth, Shesh Nag (the Serpent ) is lying at the bottom between the legs, facing the Varaha a disfigured image of Bhudevi (The Earth) can be seen sitting below Seshnaga, the serpent is depicted in a devotional posture.
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