Varaha Jayanti - Importance and Celebrations
Varaha Jayanti festival is the birth celebration of Lord Vishnu's third incarnation. The deity took rebirth in the form of a boar in order to save the world from evil. The purpose of his rebirth was to restore Dharma on earth and to save the innocent people from various evil forces such as the asuras and demons.
There are several rituals that take place on the eve of Varaha Jayanti. The devotees worship Lord Vishnu in the Magh month of Shukla Paksha on the second day or Dwitiya Tithi. The devotees celebrate all the incarnations of Lord Vishnu in several regions across India to get blessed with good fortune and seek blessings from the preserver of the Universe.
In Hindu mythology, it is believed that worshipping the Lord Varaha bestow the observer with immense wealth, health and happiness. The incarnation of Lord Vishnu as half-human and half-boar had won upon all the evils and had defeated Hiranyaksha. Therefore, the devotees on this day worship Lord Varaha and pray to get rid of all the evils from their life.
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What are the rituals of Varaha Jayanti?
- The festival of Varaha Jayanti is primarily celebrated in the states of South India. The devotees wake up early morning, take a holy bath and then clean the temple or place of worship and start with the rituals
- The idol of Lord Vishnu or Lord Varaha is placed in a sacred metal pot (Kalash), which is then filled up with mango leaves and water along with coconut. All these things are then donated to a Brahmin.
- To please the Almighty, the devotees chant hymns and read Shrimad Bhagwad Gita.
- The devotees who observe a Varaha Jayanti fast are required to donate clothes and money to the needy people on the eve of Varaha Jayanti. As it is believed that offering things to the needy helps in attaining the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
What Is The Story Behind The Celebration Of Varaha Jayanti?
As per the Puranas, Diti gave birth to two highly powerful demons named Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha. Both of them grew up as huge and powerful demons and started performing intense worship which pleased Lord Brahma. As a reward, they asked for limitless powers so that no one ever can defeat them. There wish was granted by Lord Brahma after which they started troubling people to get recognition in all the three worlds.
Once both of them conquered all the three worlds, then they eyed upon the kingdom of Lord Varun, known as ‘Vibhaari Nagari’. Varun Deva told them that Lord Vishnu is the preserver and creator of this universe and you cannot defeat him. Furious with his words, Hiranyaksha went in the search of the deity in order to defeat him.
In the meanwhile, it was known to Devrishi Narad that Lord Vishnu has taken rebirth in the form of Lord Varaha to vanish all kind of evils. Hiranyaksha saw the deity holding the earth with his teeth and started abusing and provoking Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu then defeated and killed Hiranyaksha. Since that time, it is believed that worshipping Lord Varaha and observing fast on Varaha Jayanti bestows the observers with good fortune and eliminate all the evil things that are coming their way.
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Famous temples where Varaha Jayanti is celebrated
The festival is celebrated with much joy and vigor in different parts of India but there are few places and temples where the festival is highly rejoiced and is celebrated with much significance. In Mathura, there is a very old temple of Lord Varaha where the celebration takes place at a grand level.
Another temple famous for the celebration of Varaha Jayanti is Bhu Varaha Swamy Temple which is located in Tirumala. On the eve of this festival, the idol of deity is worshipped with coconut water, milk, honey, butter, and ghee.
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