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Varah Avatar in Vishnu Purana

There are two versions of Varah Avatar, one is in Vishnu Purana (Part I. Chapter 4), and other in Srimad Bhagavata (Part III, Chapter 13). They differ in details.

The account in Sri Vishnu Purana was provided by Sage Parasara in reply to a query by his pupil Maitreya.

The context in Vishnu Purana is creation at the beginning of the present Sweta Varaha Kalpa.

As per the account in Vishnu Purana, Narayana woke up from His deep sleep at the end of the previous Kalpa called Padma Kalpa. He surveyed His surroundings and He found that there was only water, water everywhere, the earth being visible nowhere. The earth was swallowed up by the swirling waters around it.

Narayana then saw a lone lotus leaf floating in the water indicating that its support, the earth, was beneath it.

To retrieve earth and restore it to its former position, Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu took the form of a boar, which is suitable for diving fearlessly into the slushy and slimy waters of the ocean.

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Clay Sculptures Associated With Wish Fulfillment at Shree Sadashiva Rudra Temple at Ujire in Karnataka

Shree Sadashiva Rudra Temple at Ujire in Karnataka is a famous Shiva Temple. What makes the temple unique is the offerings made here by devotees. A clay sculpture associated with the wish is offered to the deity before and after wish fulfillment. The clay offerings symbolize the never ending materialistic desires of human beings.

For example if a person want to get a job then he/she offers clay sculptures of chair and table, for curing eye ailments sculpture of an eye is offered, for begetting children it is cradle, those wishing a car offer the sculpture of a car etc. One can see a whole lot of different mud sculptures the temple.

The sheer number of clay sculptures in the temple gives an indication of the desire fulfillment that had taken place after offering prayers here.

The offerings are usually made on Mondays along with a coconut and kilogram of rice.

All the offerings are placed in a circular shaped pile near the temple.
The shrine is located at Surya and is around 6 km from …