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| Last Updated:: 05/03/2018

Boar/ Domestic Pig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Sus scrofa cristatus Linn

 

Common name

 

Indian wild boar

 

Hindi

 

Suar

 

Sanskrit 

 

Varah

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Varaha Temple, Khajrauho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Varaha is the third of the ten incarnations of Vishnu. In coastal Maharashtra, the boar is worshipped on the first four days of the Ganesha festival, when no boars are to be killed or driven away from the fields.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Buddhist beliefs the Goddess of the Dawn-Marichi drives a chariot drawn by seven boars. The emblem of the thirteenth Tirthankara Vimalanatha is a boar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source : “Sacred Animals of India” by  Nanditha Krishna (Penguin Book India, 2010)

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