(Hinduism, Sanksrit)

The more proper name for the boar-incarnation of Vishnu, or Varaha; the third avatara of Vishnu. He is listed in classical purusha lists as Sukara, a title by way of the sanskrit saukaram, meaning "hoggish". As the second purusha incarnation, Varaha is described in the Srimad Bhagavatam, thus:

"dvitiyam tu bhavayasya
rasatala-gatam mahim
uddharisyann updatta
yajñeshah saukaram vapuh

The supreme enjoyer of all sacirifces accepted the incarnation of a boar [the second incarnation], and for the welfare of the earth He lifted the earth from the nether regions of the universe."

Bhag., Canto 1, Ch. 3, Text 7

"brahmovaca
yatrodyatah ksiti-taloddharanaya bibhrat
kraudim tanum sakala-yajña-mayim anantah
antar-maharnava upagatam adi-daityam
tam damshtrayadrim iva vajra-dharo dadara

Lord Brahma said: When the unlimitedly powerful Lord assumed the form of a boar as a pastime, just to life the planet earth, which was drowned in the great ocean of the universe called the Garbhodaka, the first demon [Hiranyaksha] appeared, and the Lord pierced him with His tusk."

Bhag., Canto 2, Ch. 7, Text x

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