Blue Varaha

By: Kishore Kumar

Apr 12 2010

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“Varaha: Third of the 10 incarnations (avatars) of the Hindu god Vishnu. When a demon named Hiranyaksha dragged the earth to the bottom of the sea, Vishnu took the form of a boar in order to rescue it. They fought for a thousand years. Then Varaha slew the demon and raised the earth out of the water with his tusks.

In painting and sculpture, Varaha is represented either in full animal form or with the head of a boar and the body of a man. Completely zoomorphic sculptures show him as a colossal boar with the earth, personified as the dark-hued goddess Bhumidevi, clinging to one of his tusks. As half-human, half-animal, he is often shown standing with one leg bent supporting Bhumidevi, whose expression, according to Indian canons of representation, should express both shyness and joy.”

Encyclopedia Britannica

I did not spot this photo op until my wife pointed it out to me. A relatively small adornment on top of the roof of the Vadiraja Vrindavana at Sodhe turned into a pleasing composition with the blue sky enhancing the blue statuette of Bhu Varaha.

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