|GODS and GODDESSES|
Varahavataram - Maha Vishnu in the form of a wild boar
bade Swayambu Manu and Satharoobai ( Brahma's body split into two to form
Swayambu and Satharoobai) to reach earth and further life on earth. But
at the time the earth was deep under the ocean after floods.
Brahma prayed to Lord Vishnu to
retrieve the earth from the depth of the oceans (Paadaala Logam).
As Brahma was in Dyaanam (meditation),
a varaha (boar) the size of his thumb came forth from his nostrils. Very
soon, this varaham grew to be larger than an elephant. It was Lord Vishnu
in his Varaha Avataram and he traveled to the depths of the ocean and reached
paadaala Logam. There he found the earth and lifted it by his long front
Hiranyakshan, an asuran rushed forward
and stopped Lord Vishnu. He had come in search of Lord Vishnu for he was
told by Varuna and Narada Maharishi that Mahavishnu was the only match
for his valour.
He ridiculed Vishnu on his form of
a boar. A major fight ensued. Mahavishnu used his gada (mace) and his Chakrayudam
(discus) to beat the asura. He finally hit him near his ear. The asura
fell dead. The Devas worshipped, praised and thanked Lord Vishnu.
Mahavishnu, the boar then brought
the earth up. Brahma asked Swayambu Manu and Satharoobai to live on earth
and propagate life on earth.
Ashtalakshmi temple, Besant Nagar, Chennai