V A R A H A S W A M Y T E M P L E

Varaha Swamy Temple

Description of the Diety

Varaha Swamy (Lord Vishnu) :
‘Varaha’, which means boar and is known to be an avatar of Hindu lord Vishnu, resides as presiding deity at this Varaha temple. This highly renowned temple is believed to be the largest and the most ancient temple in the city of Pushkar. The temple houses the deity of idol Lord Varaha which is white in colour with a height of 2 feet.

Historical information

This Lord Varaha Temple in Pushkar was built by King Anaji Chauhan in the 12th century and is dedicated to Varaha, Lord Vishnu’s self-manifested or incarnation in the form of wild boar.

Various sculptures, elegant carvings, life-size statues of door men and gold-empaneled pillars depicting Garuda Hindu mythical bird are situated within the temple. This temple was destroyed by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1727 or 18th century, it was reconstructed by King Raja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur.

Significance Of Diety

This fortified temple is the largest and the most ancient of temples at Pushkar. Varaha the Boar is said to be the third avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. Legend informs that Lord Vishnu in form of Wild Boar or Varaha rescued the earth from depths of Ocean (primeval water). Where it had been immersed down by the demon. The present day temple was rebuilt by the Hada Rao Chhatrasal of Bundi the original temple and the idol or deity destroyed repeatedly by the armies of King Mohamed Ghazni and Subsequently by King Jahangir and King Aurangzeb.

Shtala Purama

According to the legend, Lord Vishnu acquired an avatar of half boar-half man while he was impending to earth to slay the demon -Hiranyaksha, who threatened to destroy all life and universe, Lord Vishnu had also killed his elder brother, Hiranyakashupu. Hence Lord Vishnu is called the Preserver in Hindu mythology. Lord Vishnu incarnated in 10 (DASHAVATARA) avatars to slay demons and kill all evil demons or asura to preserve peace on earth. In one of this incarnation of Lord Vishnu which is Varaha. The temple is dedicated to honor this avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Significance

Lord Vishnu is closely associated with unique appearance as the Preserver in Hindu mythology, where he acquired many avatars to slay demons and kill all evil asura’s to preserve peace on earth. He is believed to have incarnated with Dashavatara or 10 such avatars, one of which is this avathara Wild Boar of Lord Vishnu which is this Lord Varaha Temple, in whose honor this temple in Pushkar is dedicated.

Temple Timings

  • Morning - 6:00 A.M. to AfterNoon - 12:00 P.M.
  • Evening - 4:00 P.M. to Night - 8:00 P.M.

Darshan Timings

  • Morning - 6:00 A.M. to AfterNoon - 12:00 P.M.
  • Evening - 4:00 P.M. to Night - 8:00 P.M.

Location

Varaha Temple
Main Market,Choti Basti,
Pushkar, Ajmer Taluk,
Ajmer District, Rajasthan.
Pincode : 305022"

Directions

You can alight at the nearest railway station or Jaipur airport is the nearest and board the community transport buses or autos to this Temple , or Hire private taxicabs. Cars would not be needed as long as you’re not planning on trekking to nearby hills after you have visited this temple.

Nearby Temples

  1. Brahma temple
  2. Raghunath temple
  3. Apteshwar temple
  4. Savitri temple

Surrounding Places to Visit

  1. Bhanwar Singh Palace
  2. Pushkar Lake :
    Hindu pilgrimage to this temple/lake is considered as the most holy place where the Only Lord Brahma Temple is situated in this world & is customary for Hindus with a holy dips or take bath in Pushkar Lake to purge yourself of all their sins.
  3. Pushkar Palace
  4. Aravalli Hills
  5. Ajmer Sharif Dargah