21RESTORATION OF EARTH BY ADI VARAHA
- Dec 8, 2004OM NAMO VENKATESAYA NAMAHA
During the eight thousand yugas (the equivalent of a day and night
for Brahma, the Creator), there was a raging fire, and everything on
Earth was reduced to ashes. Man had to forsake the Earth and seek
refuge in Janaloka.
At the approach of night (of Brahma), Vayu, the Wind God, blew
furiously. Huge clouds were formed, there was torrential rain, and
it resulted in Pralaya Kalpa (the Great Deluge). The Earth sank into
the Patala loka, and remained in that state for a thousand years
(during a part of that night of Brahma).
Sri Maha Vishnu, wanted to rescue the Earth. He assumed the form of
Adi Varaha and proceeded to Pataloka. He fought a fierce duel with
Hiranyaksa and killed him. He then slashed the water and brought up
the Earth on his tusks.
Brahma, the Devas and the sages extolled Adi Varaha's virtues, by
chanting the Vedic mantras. They prayed to Him to re-establish the
Earth as before. Adi Varaha obliged them, and called upon Brahma to
recreate the world. He expressed his desire to reside on the Earth
to protect its people. He commanded his vehicle, Garuda to fetch
Kridachala (a massive natural hill with lofty peaks, embedded with
gold and precious stones, and which resembled Adisesha in shape)
Garuda brought Kridachala and deposited it on a sacred spot (to the
East of Swami Pushkarini) chosen by Adi Varaha. Adi Varaha stood
within the divine vimana of Kridachala, which shone with many gem-
Brahma and the other holy personages requested the fearsome-looking
Adi Varaha to assume a tranquil and composed look, and rest on the
hill to protect men and grant boons to people unable to reach God
through Dhyana Yoga (meditation) and Karma Yoga (doing one's own
Adi Varaha appeared with four arms and a white face. He was adorned
with jewels and accompanied by Bhu Devi. He resolved to stay at
Venkatadri, under a divya vimana, to grant the prayers of men.