The canopy of Sheshanag’s flared hood covers the ornate crown worn by a boar head protectively, signifying that the god who sits here on an upturned lotus is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the sustainer of this cosmos. Bhagawan Varaha is one of the Dashavatara (ten manifestations of Lord Vishnu). He is beautifully carved in bronze with the body of a human that is sparsely decorated with gleaming bronze jewellery. His lower right hand remains open to his devotees, offering protection from all evils. His two upper hands hold a mace and a conch, there to slay demons with.
Once, the demon Hiranyaksha had stolen earth itself in the form of Bhudevi. He had tried to be clever by hiding her in the cosmic ocean. However, Bhagwan Varah had been there to save the day and defeat the demon. Then with the tusks of his boar head, he had lifted Bhudevi out of the waters and restored her to her rightful place in the universe, thus returning the balance. And so, she sits on his left thigh in this icon, a humble nod to the moment when Bhagwan Varaha had rescued her. He had protected the earth in the moments she needed him the most.
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