Varahavatara, Varaha-avatara, Varāhāvatāra: 4 definitions



Varahavatara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Varāhāvatāra (वराहावतार) refers to the “boar incarnation” of Viṣṇu and was once depicted and worshipped in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Viṣṇu as boar, says the Nīlamata, lifted up the earth with his tusk and tore the mountains to pieces. Varāhatīrtha is mentioned frequently and a visit to it is described as the giver of the merit of performing Rājasūya sacrifice.

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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Varāhāvatāra (वराहावतार) or Varāha is one of the daśāvatāra (ten incarnations) of Viṣṇu, is found depicted at the  Kallazhagar Temple in  Madurai, which represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—[in Varāhāvatāra,] Viṣṇu took the form of a boar. He is represented with a boar’s head holding Bhūdevī seated on his knee.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Varahavatara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Varāhāvatāra (वराहावतार).—the boar or third incarnation of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: varāhāvatāraḥ (वराहावतारः).

Varāhāvatāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varāha and avatāra (अवतार).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Varāhāvatāra (वराहावतार):—[from varāha] m. the boar-incarnation (in which Viṣṇu, in boar-form, raised up on one of his tusks the earth which lay buried beneath the waters when the whole world had become one ocean), [Indian Wisdom, by Sir M. Monier-Williams 327; Religious Thought and Life in India 102.]

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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 (even English!). 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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