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About Varahi Devi

Varahi Devi is one of the Matrikas, a group of seven Hindu mother deities. Varahi is the shakti (feminine force) of Varaha, the boar form of the god Vishnu, and has the head of a sow. Varahi is a manifestation of Bhu Devi. She is known as Barahi in Nepal.

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Legend

Varahi Devi is mentioned in Kashi Khand, Chapter 70, and devotees who worship her would never be in trouble. According to Kashi Khand, Chapter 45, Lord Shiva dispatched sixty-four Yoginis to Kashi to disrupt King Divodas’ rule. However, the sixty-four yoginis were captivated by the beauty of Kashi and decided to reside there. Varahi is among them.

The Matrikas goddesses appear as Shaktis (feminine powers) from the gods’ bodies, according to the Shumbha-Nishumbha tale of the Devi Mahatyam from the Markandeya Purana religious literature. According to the scriptures, Varahi was produced from Varaha. She takes on the guise of a pig, holds a chakra (discus), and battles with a sword. The Matrikas dance after the fight mentioned in the scripture inebriated on the blood of their victims.

Durga, the goddess, leads the eight Matrikas in their fight against the demon Raktabija. Varahi (bottom row, leftmost) rides a buffalo while holding a sword, shield, and goad. A Devi Mahatmya folio.

The warrior-goddess Durga produces the Matrikas from herself and uses their assistance to slay the demon army, according to a later story of the Devi Mahatmya that deals with the killing of the demon Raktabija. Durga takes the Matrikas inside herself when the demon Shumbha challenges her to a duel. The Matrikas in the Vamana Purana emerge from various parts of Chandika, the Divine Mother; Varahi emerges from Chandika’s back.

In a hymn where the Matrikas are proclaimed as the protectors of the directions, the Markendeya Purana hails Varahi as a giver of boons and the regent of the Northern direction. She is mentioned again in the same Purana as riding a buffalo.

The tale of Raktabija is recounted in the Varaha Purana, however, in this instance, each Matrika appears from the body of another Matrika. From the rear of Vaishnavi, the Shakti of Vishnu, Varahi emerges seated on Shesha-naga (the serpent on which the god Vishnu sleeps).] In the same Purana, Varahi is considered to embody the evil of envy (suya).

Varahi’s history is described differently in the Matsya Purana. Shiva fashioned Varahi and the other Matrikas to aid him in killing the demon Andhakasura, who, like Raktabija, can regenerate from his pouring blood.

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How to reach Varahi Devi?

By Train: Trains are always a better option. these days Varanasi junction is keeping the way all good. Varahi Devi temple is just few km away from Varanasi junction.
By Air: Book your tickets to the Gorakhpur airport, which is few km away from the temple. as Varanasi airport is well connected to other city Airports.
By Bus: One can travel directly to the temple. various local and private bus services are available for visiting Varanasi.

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5:30AM to 7:30AM only

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