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Vishnu as Varaha, Udayagiri Caves

Vishnu as Varaha, Udayagiri Caves

A sculpted panel at the Gupta-period (4th-6th century CE) caves of Udayagiri, Madhya Pradesh, India. The caves are rock-cut Hindu shrines and this panel shows Vishnu as the boar-headed incarnation Varaha. The god rises from the cosmic waters, defeating the primeval serpent monster, and rescuing the goddess Bhudevi (earth), who hangs from his tusk.

Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra (Creative Commons: Attribution).

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