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Varah Temple, Pushkar

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The Varah Temple houses a figure of Lord Vishnu in the avatar of wild boar. The temples of Lord Brahma and Varah are considered uniformly significant. According to the mythology, the Varah Temple is a very important temple. It is believed that Lord Vishnu came on the earth in the incarnation of Varah (Wild boar) to destroy the devil Hirnayaksh and set the land free from his violence. The Varah Temple of Pushkar was built in the 12th century and, and the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb is known to have ruined it. Aurangzeb was justifiably quite disappointed with the enormous statue of Varah, the god with the body of a man and the head of a wild boar. On the other hand, Raja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur thought another way, and in 1727 remodeled the Varah Temple which now has a vastly bedecked inner chamber where an idol of Varah is placed.

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