Varahakalpa, aka: Vārāhakalpa, Varaha-Kalpa, Varāhakalpa; 3 Definition(s)


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Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प) is the name of a specific Kalpa (aeon), named after the form Viṣṇu assumed when discovering the origins of a Liṅga that appeared, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.15:—“[...] a boar (vārāha) has the power of steadily going deep below. Hence Viṣṇu, the wanderer in the forest, assumed the form of the boar. Or Viṣṇu, the protector of all the worlds assumed the form of a Boar to start a new Kalpa (Aeon). Since the day he assumed the form of a Boar, the aeon by the title of Vārāha has started. Or the Vārāhakalpa can be considered to have started since the day we two decided to assume these forms”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प).—In this aeon, Hari took the incarnation of a boar; see Varāha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 11. 36.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Varāhakalpa (वराहकल्प).—the period of the boar incarnation, the period during which Viṣṇu assumed the form of a boar.

Derivable forms: varāhakalpaḥ (वराहकल्पः).

Varāhakalpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varāha and kalpa (कल्प).

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Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प).—Name of the present Kalpa (that in which we are at present living).

Derivable forms: vārāhakalpaḥ (वाराहकल्पः).

Vārāhakalpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vārāha and kalpa (कल्प).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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