There is a famous Varaha temple at Srimushnam right next to a highway in Tamil Nadu. I don't recall any temples to Varaha in North India, are there any? Is Varaha worshiped mostly in South India?

  • In north India also But with different.names and form like dharanidhara etc Feb 10, 2018 at 13:36

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There are Varaha temples in North India as well. For example:

Varahanatha Temple, Odisha

This temple dedicated to Varaha is present on the banks of the Vaitarani river at Jajpur in Odisha. You can read about it in The History of Medieval Vaishnavism in Orissa by Prabhat Mukherji.

According to the tradition, Vishnu was propitiated by Brahma, when the Vedas were stolen, by performing Aswamedha sacrifice. After the ceremony, Vishnu came out of the sacrificial altar in the form of a Boar and recovered the Vedas. That place of sacrifice was subsequently known as "Jajfiyapura" or Jaipur. Kaki Misra, the preceptor of Prataprudra, reared a temple of Varaha at Jajpur. Chaitanya, on his way to Puri, visited the deity.

Lakhmi Varaha Temple, Odisha

This is another temple dedicated to Varaha at Kendrapara. You can read more about this temple in this blog post.

King of Aul was a devotee of Lord Shree Shree Lakshmi Varaha. The Lord was situated initially in the neighbouring Jajpur District in the ancient Yajna Varaha Temple. The king used to go there for offering Puja. One day during the month of Shraavana flood came in the Baitarani River, so the darshan was cancelled. But the Lord couldn't tolerate that. The king had a dream that the Lord wants to come with him to his place to Aul (locally called Alli). And one day the Lord came, following the king's path of return, after puja. As the king was returning through his horse, he was listening the sound of Lords following him. And at Aul at this place around one km before the king's palace the sound of Lord's walking stopped. And in this place the then devotee king built the Lord's holy temple

Varaha Temple, Madhya Pradesh

Another very famous temple at Khajuraho, the Varaha Temple, is known world over for it's intricate carvings. (It is a UNESCO World Heritage site).

Khajuraho Varaha Temple

Varaha Temple, Rajasthan

The Varaha Temple at Pushkar, Rajasthan is another very old temple (12th century) dedicated to Varaha. It was then reconstructed in the 18th century by Sawai Man Singh II. This place is famous because of its location in Pushkar (and also partially because it is very near to New Delhi and is advertised as a weekend getaway place)

Varaha Temple, Uttar Pradesh

There seems to be a very old temple of Varaha at Varaha Temple, Chandpur Jahajpur. This video on YouTube shows some footage of that temple.

Other places

There are mentions of a Varaha Temple at Baraha Kalyan, in the book Haryana: Past and Present, by Suresh K Sharma:

The memory of these ancient places has been preserved to this day in the shape of the names of several places as Baraha-kalan (17 miles s. w. of Safidon, a Varaha temple existing here), Baraha-Bana (Tanks and places associated with man-lion incarnation of Visnu) etc.92

He claims that these places date back to the Kurukshetra times. Similarly, the book Animals in Stone: Indian Mammals Sculptured Through Time by Alexandra Anna Enrica van der Geer, mentions about two Varaha temples in Muradpur, West Bengal and in Badoh, Madhya Pradesh.

Two more zoomorphic Varaha statues, very similar to the Eran sculpture, are a colossus of 2.5 m at Muradpur in West Bengal at the border with Madhya Pradesh (sixth to eighth century; fig. 489), still worshipped in situ, and a small statue from nearby Badoh, Madhya Pradesh.

All that said, the Varaha temples are more famous in South India, because of two probable reasons:

  • Varaha has been mentioned that he settled down in South India. As Keshav mentions here, Varaha is believed to be living near the Swami Pushkarani lake, which is known as Adi Varaha Kshetra.
  • Varaha was the principle deity of many southern rulers. Hence they built more temples of him. The Wodeyar dynasty Mysore, which I mention in my answer, was one of the rulers who had Varaha as their family deity.

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