March 4, 2010

A spectacular temple in the Mysore Palace - Shweta Varaha Temple, Mysore, India

As per Hinduism, Lord Vishnu has taken many incarnations, and ten incarnations are considered as most important – Dasavatar. Rama and Krishna are the most popular avatars among those ten avatars and you can find a lot of temples for Rama and Krishna. The third avatar of Vishnu is Varaha avatar (incarnation as boar). You can find only very few temples for Lord Varaha. There is one temple located inside the Mysore Palace, in Mysore city of South India, which is dedicated to Varaha.The name of the temple is Shweta Varaha temple aka Varahaswamy temple.

The beautiful temple built in Hoysala architecture is situated in the southern gate of the Mysore Palace. The Mysore King Chikka Deva Raja Wodeyar (1672-1704 A.D.) procured the stone image of Shweta Varahaswamy from Srimushnam in Tamil Nadu and installed the idol in a temple in Srirangapatna. However, this temple was demolished and the idol was shifted to Mysore and set up in this temple in the year 1809 AD.

The main deity of the temple, Varaha is made up of white stone and hence he got the name ‘Shweta Varaha’ (Shweta means white). He carries Bhoo Devi (earth). There is a separate shrine for Lakshmi. Also, there are separate shrines for Ranganath, Garuda, and Hanuman. You can also find some beautiful mural paintings in the temple.

This temple is worth watching for its beautiful Hoysala architecture especially when the palace complex is lit up in the evenings.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Shweta Varaha Temple or Varahaswamy Temple
Site Type: Temple within Palace
Location: Mysore Palace, Mysore, Karnataka state, India
Highlight: Temple within Palace built in Hoysala architectural style; Temple of Lord Varaha
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Climate: Warm and cool throughout the year
Local Transport: Well connected by buses, private taxis, and auto rickshaws; (even you can find tongos (horse driven carts)
Hotel: A lot of hotels - budget as well as high class - throughout the city
Restaurants: Mysore's cuisine is rice-based; Idlis and dosas are also famous; You can find a lot of restaurants both vegetarian and non-vegetarian throughout the city

1 comment:

  1. Shweta Varaha means White Boar. It is said that Lord Vishnu took the form of a White Boar in order to find the origins of the primordial force. This is supposed to have happened much before the Dasavataram. The name of the present Kalpa 'Shweta Varaha Kalpa' is due to this. The third avatar of Vishnu was a Red Boar, a form in which he rescued the earth from the pralaya deluge.