Varaha Temple, Khajuraho – one of it’s kind in Khajuraho temples

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:

  1. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu.
  2. The diety is in the form of a colossal monolithic sculpture of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu in his third avatar.
  3. 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.
  4. The most striking feature of the temple is the  beautifully carved Varaha sculpture with intricately carved numerous figures on its entire body.
  5. One should not miss the remarkable carving carved between nose and mouth which  depicts goddess Saraswati carrying Veena in her arms.

Picture Gallery:

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Varha temple exterior view

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Varha diety – incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu

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Goddess Sarasvati carved on the Nose

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Carvings on the body

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Carvings on the Varha  face

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Carvings on the roof

 

Related posts links on Khajuraho temples:

Western group of temples, Khajuraho: Kandariya Mahadeva Temple

Western group of temples, Khajuraho: Lakshmana Temple

Khajuraho temples: What could be the reason for erotic sculptures in Khajuraho temples

The Southern group of temples, Khajuraho : Chattarbhuj Temple

Southern group of temples, Khajuraho : Duladeo Temple

 

 

 

 

 

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