Varaha Jayanthi celebrates the birthday of Varaha Avatara – the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In 2014, the date of Varaha Jayanti is September 16. It is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu and in ancient painting and sculptures, Varaha is represented with the head of a boar and the body of a man lifting the earth with his tusks.
Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of the Varaha to rescue Earth from Demon Hiranyaksha who dragged the earth to the bottom of the sea. Varaha killed the demon and raised the earth out of the water with his tusks.
Symbolically, the dragging of earth by demon Hiranyaksha is Tamas (Evil) overcoming human beings. Bloated with ego, man falls deep into misery. The only saving grace is that of self realization. When it happens we slowly move out of deep dark pit – that is symbolically represented by Varaha uplifting the earth with his tusks.