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See Avatara. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'A descent.' The incarnation of a deity, especially of Vishnu.

3. Varaha `The boar.' The old legend of the Brahmanas concerning the boar which raised the earth from the waters has been appropriated to Vishnu.

A demon named Hiranyaksha bad dragged the earth to the bottom of the sea. To recover it Vishnu assumed the form of a boar, and after a contest of a thousand years he slew the demon and raised up the earth.

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