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Varaha temple at Khajuraho

The Varaha is the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to legends, Lord Vishnu received this form to rescue the earth from devastating floods by taking her up on the tip of his snouts.

Varaha temple is a prominent temple in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. The image of the deity is placed on a pedestal. Under it, Seshanga, the serpent is depicted in a devotional posture. One can also see on the pedestal the feet of the broken figure of the earth-goddess.

The ceiling of the shrine is carved with an exquisite design of a lotus flower.The shrine is built entirely with sandstone and is believed to have been built in the period between 900 and 925 AD.

Varaha temple is one among the cluster of temples located at Khajuraho, the town known for its ornate temples. This group of temples have been listed in the World Heritage list for their ‘outstanding universal value’ and ‘human creative genius’.