Amongst the granduer of Western Group of temples Khajuraho, there lies Varaha temple which although modest in its size compared to the other Western Group of temples, holds its own place for being one of its own kind in all the temples in Khajuraho. The temple is located opposite to Lakshmana Temple.
Some interesting things to know:
- The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu.
- The diety is in the form of a colossal monolithic sculpture of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu in his third avatar.
- The legend has that Vishnu appeared in the form of a Boar in order to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demon who had taken the Earth (Prithvi) and carried it to the bottom of the ocean in the story. Varaha won the battle and carried the Earth out of the ocean between his tusks and restored it to its place.
- The most striking feature of the temple is the beautifully carved Varaha sculpture with intricately carved numerous figures on its entire body.
- One should not miss the remarkable carving carved between nose and mouth which depicts goddess Saraswati carrying Veena in her arms.
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