Friday, 30 June 2017

Varahi Devi

Varahi Devi is a powerful Goddess in Sri Chakra Worship. She is the Senathipathi or the Goddess leading  army of the Empress Srilalitha Parameswari.

There are many powerful places of worship of Varahi. She is worshipped in many temples all over India. Varahi sannidhi is there in Varadaraja perumal temple in Swamy malai. 

Varahi Devi in Swarna or Golden Kavacham in Swamy malai perumal Temple

There are said to be 12 important forms of Varahi as seen below.

1) Panchami
2) Dhandanatha
3) Sanketha
4) Samayeswari
5)  Samayasanketha
6) Varahi
7) Pothrini
8)  Shivaa
9) Vaarthali
10) Mahasena
11) Ajnachakreswari
12) Arigni

Devas or Celestials praised Varahi with 12 names during the battle with Bhandasura in the following sloka of Brahmanda Purana,

पञ्चमी दन्डनाथा च सङ्केता समयेश्वरी |
तथा समयसङ्केता वाराही पोत्रिणी शिवा ||
वार्ताली च महासेना प्याज्ञाचक्रेश्वरी तथा |
अरिघ्नी चेति संप्रोक्तं नाम द्वादशकं मुने ||
नाम द्वादशधाभिक्ज्ञ वज्र पञ्जर मध्यग: |
सङकटे दु:खमाप्नोति न कदाचन मानव: ||

Out of these 12 forms mentioned above, 7 forms are found in Swamymalai perumal temple. These 7 forms of Varahi are very rarely found,

Not many know about this Varadaraja perumal temple, though it is very near the popular Swamymalai Murugan Temple. Agasthiar.org says the worship of Varahi in this temple is very powerful in their link below,


http://www.agasthiar.org/AUMzine/0018-viya.htm

The Google map location of the temple is below,


Swamymalai Varadaraja Perumal Temple Entrance

Varahi Devi Sannidhi is also there in Kanchipuram Kamakshi Temple.  

Kanchi Kamakshi devi is the closest to the representation of Srilalitha Paramameswari as described in the text Lalithopakyana in Brahmanda Purana. Varahi Devi is found as Goshta Murty in the Gayatri Mandapam of Kanchipuram Temple.  Varahi is the Senathipathi of Srilalitha.

Varahi Devi in Kanchi Kamakshi Temple
Varahi as described in Sri Vidya Upasana

Srilalitha Parameswari is the Shaktha Parabrahmam, Varahi is the father form of Devi and Kurukulla Tara is the Mother form of the Devi.

Varahi's four alchemical dhatus are known as the four fires. Kurukulla's alchemical dhatus are known as the five saktis. The combination of these five saktis (downward pointing triangles) and four fires (upward pointing triangles), forms the complex figure in the centre of Shri Chakra. While Kurukulla represents the full moon, Varahi represents the new-moon.

At the centre of the bindu of the Sri Chakra is Kamakala, which has three bindus. One is red, one is white and one is mixed. The red bindu is Kurukulla, the Female form, the white bindu is Varahi, the Male form, and the mixed bindu is the union of Shiva & Shakti, the individual as the potential Shri Cakra. Varahi, the father-form, gives four dhatus to the child and Kurukulla, the mother-form, gives five dhatus to the child. Theses represent the nine dhatus of the human body. Varahi's four fires are the 12 (4 x 3) sun Kalas, the 12 Zodiac constellations. Kurukulla's five triangles are the 15 (5 x 3) Kalas of the moon, 15 lunar Tithis. These nine triangles also represent the nine stages of growth of the human child in the womb. 


Varahi devi worship is practised throughout India. Varahi Navaratri also known as Ashada Navaratri is the special time for worship of Varahi. It falls in May to July period.

Varahi Temple in Orissa
Varahi in Shakambari alakaram with fruits
 Other Alankaram for Varahi