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Varah Temple in Pushkar

Dedicated to Varaha, Lord Vishnu’s incarnation in the form of a wild boar, the Varaha Temple was built back in the 12th century by King Anaji Chauhan. It is believed that major part of the temple was destroyed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The temple was renovated by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 18th century.

According to the legend, Lord Vishnu took an avatar of half boar-half man while he was coming to the earth to slay the demon -Hiranyaksha, who threatened to destroy all life. Lord Vishnu had also killed his elder brother, Hiranyakashyip. This is why; Lord Vishnu is called the Preserver in Hindu mythology. He took on many avatars to slay demons and kill all evil to preserve peace on earth. It is believed that he took 9 such avatars, one of which is Varaha. The temple is dedicated to honor the same avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The temple houses a huge idol of Lord Varaha which is white in color. Other than this idol, there are many sculptures, carvings, gold styled pillars depicting Garuda, the mythical bird and life-size statues of door men in the temple.