Story of Varaha Jayanti
Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of the Varaha to rescue Earth from Demon Hiranyaksha who dragged the earth to the bottom of the sea. Varaha killed the demon and raised the earth out of the water with his tusks.
Symbolism of Varaha
Symbolically, the dragging of earth by demon Hiranyaksha is Tamas (Evil) overcoming human beings. Bloated with ego, man falls deep into misery. The only saving grace is that of self realization. When it happens we slowly move out of deep dark pit – that is symbolically represented by Varaha uplifting the earth with his tusks.
When is it Observed?
It is observed annually on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar.A Different Date For Certain Communities
Certain Hindu communities, especially in South India, observe Varaha Jayanti in Vaishakh Month (April – May). These communities observe it on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi.
In Kerala it is observed on fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month.