Since the beginning of time, Lord Vishnu has manifested on earth to uphold dharma. In this series of articles, we will take you through His various incarnations as a reminder of the force of Preserver.
The third avatar of Lord Vishnu was in the form of a boar, known as the ‘Varaha Avatar’.
Once the Sanath Kumars, the four sons of Lord Brahma, wanted to meet Lord Vishnu. On reaching Vaikhunta they were stopped byJaya and Vijaya, the gate keepers who thought them to be children. They told the Kumaras that Lord Vishnu was resting and that they could not meet him then. On hearing this, the Kumaras cursed Jaya and Vijaya to give up their divinity and to be born as mortals. Just then Lord Vishnu appeared before them and they requested him to lift the curse of the Kumaras. Lord Vishnu told them that he could not lift their curse but instead offered them two options, either to take seven births on Earth as a devotee of Vishnu, or to take three births as his enemy and to be killed by the hands of the Lord. Jaya and Vijaya could not bear the thought of staying away from Lord Vishnu for seven lives, so they agreed to the second option to become enemies for three lives.
Jaya and Vijaya were born as humans on Earth. They were named Hiranyakashyap and Hiranyaksha. Hiranyaksha performed severe penance and was given a boon by Lord Brahma that no god, human, daitya or asura would be able to kill him. Being assured of his invicibility, Hiranyaksha started misusing his strength. He gathered the Mother Earth into a round ball and hid it underwater in Pataal Lok. All the gods were worried and approached Lord Vishnu for help.
Lord Vishnu then took the form of a Varaha, a wild boar with two tusks. He went to Pataal Lok and a fierce battle ensued between the Varaha and Hiranyaksha. Hiranyaksha used many weapons to strike Varaha but they had no effect on him. Finaly Hiranyaksha was slain at the hands of the Varaha. The Varaha then balanced Mother Earth on its two tusks, and returned her back to her location.