Bhoo Varahaswamy Temple


There are specific reasons for the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu especially to safeguard sages and people from the cruel demons. Jay and Vijay are the Janitors of Vaikunta, the residence of Lord Vishnu. They the visitors of  Lord Vishnu and permit to enter in to Vikunta. One day, the four Kumaras of Brahma namely Sanakakumara, Sanatanakumara, Sanandanakumara and Sanatkumara arrived for the darshan of Lord Vishnu. Jay and Vijay objected saying that Vishnu is lonely with Lakshmi and could not be disturbed. The Kumars get angry and given them curse to born on earth. Vishnu came as asked them to revert back the curse. They have expressed their inability and Vishnu given conclusion either to born human beings for seven times or born three times as Demons and exterminate by him. Jay and Vijay choosed to born as Demons and exterminate by Lord Vishnu. They  took birth as Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakasipa followed with Dantavakta and  Sisupala, Ravana and Kumbakarna and exterminated by Lord Vishnu in his incarnations Varaha, Nrusimha, Sri Krishna and Sri Rama respectively.

Entrance of Bhoo Varaha Swamy Temple, Kallahalli

When Jay and Vijay were born as demons Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakasipa, they were killed by Vishnu in the incarnations of Varaha and Nrusimha. Hiranyaksha made penance and obtained boon from Brahma that he should not get death with Gods, human beings, demons and animals. He has ignored to ask about boar. Hiranyaksha take away earth (Bhoo Devi) to Pathal and submerged under sea. Brahma prayed Vishnu and a boar emerged from the nostrils of Vishnu. It grew like a mountain and take Earth on his fangs. He fights with Hiranyaksha for so many years and killed him.           

Bhu Varaha Swamy Temple is in kadaloor Village near Mysore of Karnataka and on the banks of Hemavati River. The temple is ancient of 2500 years. The temple was built with red rock in rectangular shape and not appears from the outer side. The temple is having a sanctum and an outer Porch. Varaha is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu appears in the form of wild boar. Bhu Varahaswamy also called as Pralaya Varaha Nrusimha Swamy. One leg of the idol touching the ground and   three and half feet height idol of goddess Bhoodevi seated on the lap of the left folded leg  holding a lotus flower in one hand and the other arm is around the  waist of the lord. Eighteen feet high Varaha Swamy in brown colour rock is in sitting position in the Black Saligram available in Gandaki River in Nepal. The upper hand of the deity is holding a conch and the Sudarshana chakra is carved on the back of the right upper hand of the idol. The lower left hand of the idol is embracing the Goddess Bhoodevi and lower right hand will be in Abhaya Mudra. Lord Hanuman is also sculpted under the main idol. The local people believe that the deity has mysterious powers.

Sage Gowthama performed penance in the holy place worshipping Saligram. There is inscription in Devanagari Lipi on a stone slab in front of the temple explaining the story of the temple. In olden days a King named Veera Bhallala has gone to forest for hunting and took rest on the shade of a tree. He saw a Wild Dog chasing a Rabbit. He has followed them. After some time the Rabbit stopped and returned chasing the Dog. The king noticed this strange turn of events and convinced of some unseen powers in that place. He dug the area and found the deity of Varaha Swamy hidden under the layers of earth. The King established in the statue in the temple and offered regular prayers. The temple forbear several floods to the Hemavathi river behind the temple and stood to disclose the history of the deity. 

The temple came to ruined position and the villagers explained the history to the head of Parakala Mutt inviting him once to visit this temple. The Swamy went to the temple and showed curiosity in the development of the temple. The compound walls were strengthened and a New Dome (Gopuram) was constructed duly beautification of the temple. A regular priest was arranged for Abhisek and daily worship. The River Hemavati which flows beside the temple has strong undercurrents and swimming is not possible in the river. The water level touches the temple wall in Monsoon. After deciding the water in April or Mays an annual festival of Varaha Jayanthi will be celebrated in which Devotees from surrounding areas participate.