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Goddess Varahi

Goddess Varahi is one of the seven mother goddesses or Sapta Matrikas. Goddess Varahi takes her name from Varaha – one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. She has same weapons and ornaments as Varaha. Some scholars and texts are also of the view that Varahi is Lord Yama’s energy.

Varahi is often depicted as having the face of a boar and her skin complexion is that of the storm cloud. She is sometimes depicted as four armed. Sometimes as two-armed and is shown holding Hala (plow) and Shakti. She is shown as sitting under a Kalpaka Tree.

Goddess Varahi has an elephant as her Vahana or vehicle.

In some rare sculptures Varahi is shown as having six hands in four she carries Danda, Khetaka, Khadga, and Pasa. Two hands are in Abhaya and Varada Mudra.

In some images, she is shown as carrying Dhanusa, Hala, and musula as her weapon.

Goddess Varahi in Shaivite tradition is associated with Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari.

The annual Ashada Navratri observed in June/July gives prominence to the worship of Varahi.

She defeated Pandasura with the help of Ganesha. (you can read the story here).



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