In the previous episode, we had witnessed the accord of Svaayambhuva Manu and how did he take over the job of creation from Bhagawan Bramha. As Svaayambhuva Manu was performing his task, he suddenly faced an unexpected hurdle from the Raakshasa Hiranyaaksha, whom Bhagawan Bramha had already created, when he had created the Devas and Asuras. This Hiranyaksha posed a huge thorn in the flesh for Svaayambhuva Manu, by taking away Goddess Bhoomadevi (The world itself) and hiding it amidst the huge ocean waters! As Manu didn’t know what to do, he went and complained to Bhagawan Bramha. At one time, even Bramha didn’t know how to stop the atrocities of Hiranyaksha and both of them together went to Bhagawan Vishnu for a solution. Bhagawan Vishnu sensed the seriousness of the issue and decided to thus teach Hiranyaaksha a lesson. He took the form of a boar, from Bhagawan Bramha’s nose and started to grow into an enormous size. As the boar started to take the size of 100 elephants put together, it dived into the ocean waters, waged a huge battle with Hiranyaksha, and killed him. Eventually, Bhagawan Vishnu searched for the whereabouts of Goddess Bhoomadevi and eventually lifted her from the deep waters. He thus made Goddess Bhoomadevi sit on his lap and this incarnation in which Bhagawan Vishnu takes the form of a boar is referred to as Bhagawan Varaaha. Thus, the very first incarnation of Bhagawan Vishnu which the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana talks about in the third Skanddha is the “Varaaha Avataar”.
This form of Bhagawan Vishnu, wherein He blesses all of us along with his beloved Goddess Bhoomadevi is often referred to as Bhoomi-Varaaha Swamy or Lakshmi Varaaha Swamy. There are many temples in India wherein we can worship Bhagawan Vishnu in this particular incarnation. There is a Divyadesam by name “Shrimushnam”. This Shrimushnam is close to a famous town called “Vridhaachalam” in the south-Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The sanctum-sanctorum of this temple is named as “Bhoo-Varaaha Swamy”, wherein we can worship Bhagawan Vishnu in this form.
As Bhagawan Varaaha rescues and protects Goddess Bhoomaadevi and makes her sit on His lap, the fear that she had previously reduced considerably. However, Goddess Bhoomadevi was still under a small fear and Bhagawan spotted this. Bhagawan Varaaha asks her thus, “Oh Devi! I’ve managed to somehow rescue and save you from the clutches of Hiranyaaksha. The danger is over now! Yet, why are you seeming afraid still? Is there anything bothering you still?” Goddess Bhoomaadevi replies back to her husband thus, “Oh Varaaha Swamy! I’m happy and contented that you had saved me from the clutches of Hiranyaaksha! However, I wasn’t the only one who was caught! There are thousands of our children (normal human beings like us) who are still struggling to reach us. How are you going to save all of them? Isn’t there a solution for this?”
For this, Bhagawan replies thus, “Oh Devi! You’ve asked a very valid question, which I was also thinking within myself for a long time! There are simple ways for them to attain both of us. These human beings in the world are born with a mouth, isn’t it? Please ask them to sing the “Naama” (Manthra) of mine. These human beings are blessed with two hands, isn’t it? Please ask them to take some flowers and do an “Archana” (A type of prayer) for me. These human beings are also blessed with a mind and an intellect isn’t it? Please ask them to use it properly and fill their minds with my divine thoughts! If they do all these three activities, definitely they would attain all the benefits of their birth that they have taken in this world! Finally, they would be able to reach me at the end of their lives too.”
Listening to all of this thus, Goddess Bhoomadevi wanted to pass on this “message” to all the human beings in this world. How would she do that? This is the reason why she incarnated as “Andal” in a very famous place called “Srivilliputhur” (again in the south-Indian state of Tamil Nadu). It is to be remembered by readers that Aandal incarnated in the holy Tamil month of “Aadi” and on the day when the star of “Pooram” falls. The temple that we worship today at Srivilliputhur is extremely famous and it is this temple’s tower that the Tamil Nadu’s state government uses as its emblem. Here, Aandal can be worshipped in the sanctum-sanctorum along with Bhagawan Vishnu in the form of Bhagawan Ranga-Mannar. There is of course a story behind this, and I shall narrate this story at a different time, when the context comes.
Thus, to conclude the Varaaha Avatara story, Bhagawan Vishnu incarnates in the form of a boar (Varaaha) to rescue and protect Goddess Bhoomadevi. In turn, he sends out three important messages to “Jeevaatmas” like us, which is conveyed to us by Goddess Bhoomadevi herself, in the form of Aandal at Srivilliputhur later on. Moving on thus, Svaayambhuva Manu continues his job of creating the world further, with the divine blessings of Bhagawan Bramha and Bhagawan Vishnu. As years passed by, Svaayambhuva Manu got married and he had children too – Two sons by names Priyavratha and Utthaana-Paada and three daughters by names Devahooti, Prasooti and Aahooti. With this, we come to the end of the third Skandha and also the first day’s portion too! The story that talks about these children will continue in the next Skandha and we shall wait till the next episode to continue this further! Stay tuned! 😊