Varaha is the third Avatar of the Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, in the form of a Boar. It was his third incarnation in the same Krutha Yuga, the First Yuga (age) among the Four Yugas. He appeared in order to restore Prithvi (Earth) to its original place. Earth was moved to the bottom of Garbhodaka saagara (the cosmic ocean) due to fierce and turbulent waves caused in it during the Maha Pralaya (the Great Deluge). It was at the end of the Kalpa (Cosmic Cycle) so maha pralayam (deluge) was unstoppable. The universe which we are seeing is only half of it. The other half is filled with water, the Garbhodaka Saagara (Cosmic Ocean).
Bramha (the creator of universe) noticing this, prayed Lord Sri Maha Vishnu to rescue the prithvi from sinking in to the Maha saagara. As He prayed to the Lord, a tiny white boar, smaller than his thumb, emerged out on one of his nostrils. Instantly it grew larger and into a huge gigantic boar.
At the same time an Asura (demon) named Hiranyaaksha gained enormous powers from the Bramha (the Creator of Universe) through his rigorous penance. He came to know that Vishnu was rescuing earth from Narada Maharshi (Great Sage). He attacked Varaha Vishnu.
The battle between Varaha and Hiranyaksha was lasted for a thousand years, which Varaha Vishnu finally won. Varaha carried the Earth out of the ocean between his tusks and restored it to its place in the universe. Vishnu married Bhudevi (Earth) in this avatar.
Varaha is depicted in art as a boar in a human form. He has four arms, two of which hold the Sudarsana (wheel) and Paanchajanya (conch-shell) while the other two hold a mace, sword or lotus or make a gesture (or “mudra“) of blessing. The Earth is held between the Varaha Vishnu’s tusks. The avatara symbolizes the resurrection of the Earth from a pralaya (deluge) and the establishment of a new kalpa (cosmic cycle).
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