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Story of Origin of Earth in the Taittiriya Brahmana

The story associated with the origin of earth in the Taittiriya Brahmana is associated with Lotus and Prajapati.

Prajapati desired to evolve the universe, which in the beginning was only water.

He saw pusharaka parna (blue lotus leaf) growing out of water.

Thinking that it must be resting on something, he dived down in the form of a boar, found the earth below, broke off a segment, rose with it to the surface, and spread it on the leaf.


The story has two key elements which we associate with Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu.

As per Vishnu Purana and other puranas associated with Vaishnavism, Brahma appeared on a lotus that sprouted from the navel of Vishnu. Creation in universe began after this.

Vishnu taking the form a boar and lifting the earth up from the ocean a symbolism associated with the Varaha incarnation of Vishnu.

Taittiriya Brahmana is a notable shakha of the Krishna Yajurveda. The Vishnu Purana attributes it to a pupil of Yaska named Tittiri. It is most prevalent in South India. The shakha consists of: The Taittiriya Samhita.

Taittiriya Brahmana is much older than Puranas. The stories in the Puranas might have been inspired this divine incident explained by the Saints of the Vedic age.

There should be also deep symbolism attached to the whole incident.