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In the Chapter Manifestation of Rudra - Rudra Samhita Section one of Shiva Purana (Pg 224),

Brahma said this to his son Narada,

  • A boar has the power of steadily going deep below. Hence, Vishnu ,the wanderer in the forest, assumed the form of Boar.
  • Or Vishnu,the protector all the worlds assumed the form of a Boar, or start of a new Kalpa.
  • Since the day he assumed the form a Boar, the aeon by the title of Varaha has started.
  • Or the Varaha Kalpa can be considered to have started since the way we decided to assume the forms.

Similarly, in the Chapter Story of Rsbha - Shata Rudra Samhita of Shiva Purana (Pg 1078),

Lord Shiva said,

In the Seventh Varaha Kalpa, in the Vaivastara Manvantara , the Lord Kalpeswara who illuminates all the worlds, will be born as your great grandson and son of Vaivasvata Manu.

So there should be seven Varaha Avatars of Vishnu. I know two of them, one at time of creation and other at beginning of this Kalpa.

What are other five Varaha Avatars?

  • I don't think it refers to Seven Varaha Kalpas. It may just be the seventh Kalpa, which is called Varaha. – Surya Nov 24 '15 at 16:38
  • BTW, Srila Prabhupada opines (with quotes from his Sampradaya gurus) that two Varaha avataras stories were amalgamated into one - First Varaha avatara was to restore the earth, and the second to kill Hiranyaksha. Though I myself am not sure about that theory. – Surya Nov 24 '15 at 16:40
  • Plus this page translates it differently: "In the Seventh Manvantara of the Varaha Kalpa". – Surya Nov 24 '15 at 16:47
  • Do you know chronological order of Kalpas til present Varaha Kalpa? . Shiva Purana mentions Vishnu traveled along the length of "lingam" for one Kalpa. These two are different Kalpas with same name "Varaha". But what is seventh kalpa, when we have multitude of Kalpas? – The Destroyer Nov 25 '15 at 5:57
  • It may be the seventh day of Brahma's 51st year. (As he is 51 or more years old) – Surya Nov 25 '15 at 6:10
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This looks like Translation error. This page gives different meaning.

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Saptame caiva Varahe Kalpe means Seventh and certainly known as Varaha Kalpa.

Caiva = ca + iva = and (also certainly).

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