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Arrival of Lord Varaha at Venkatachala - from Skanda Purana - Venkatachala Mahatmya

  1. Sri Narada sees Lord Varaha at Sumeru Parvata
  2. Lord Varaha tells about Venkatachala
  3. Lord Varaha departs to Vrishabhachala
  4. Lord Varaha tells about His mantra and meditation

Sri Narada sees Lord Varaha at Sumeru Parvata:

Sr Varaha Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 1): Sri Narada sees Lord Varaha at Sumeru Parvata: During Devayuga once Sri Narada went to the peak of Sumeru Parvata. There he first saw the abode of Lord Brahma. On the northern side of that abode was a fig tree. The tree was several yojanas high and twice that in area. At the base of that tree was a hall. The hall was studded with gems and had thousand pillars. Sri Narada went inside the hall. He saw a pearl-studded chamber. He got up onto a platform standing on eight legs. On the platform was a throne studded with pearls. On the throne was a thousand-petalled white lotus. On the lotus was seated Lord Varaha.

Description of Lord Varaha: Lord Varaha, the Supreme Purusha, shone like million moons. He was huge and appeared like mount Kailasha. He had the splendid face of a boar. He had four hands. He was holding Shankha and Chakra with two of His hands. With the other two hands He was showing the Abhaya and Vara mudras. He was clad in yellow clothes. His eyes were like lotus. He had a diadem on His head. His appearance was like a Yagnamurti. He was chanting Samaveda. His face had the fragrance of incense. His snout was like the Sruc ladle of the yagna, and His nose was like the Sruva ladle. He was wearing the yagnopavita (sacred thread). His chest had the mark of Srivatsa and had the Kaustubha jewel. He was adorned with various ornaments. His left foot was placed on a foot-stool. He was surrounded by Lord Brahma, devas like Indra, Gandharvas and Apsaras, as well as by eminent sages like Vasistha, Atri, Markandeya and Bhrigu. Sri Narada eulogized Lord Varaha with mantras from the Upanishads.

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Lord Varaha tells about Venkatachala:

Sr Varaha Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 1): Bhudevi arrives there: After sometime Bhudevi arrived there accompanied by her companions Ila and Pingala. Her colour was like fresh durva leaves and she was adorned with various ornaments. She placed flowers at the feet of Lord Varaha and prostated before Him. The Lord embraced her and made her sit on His lap. Bhudevi then had a conversation with Lord Varaha. She asked about the important mountains which support her. Lord Varaha told about Sumeru, Himavan, Vindhya, Mandara, Gandhamadana, Salagrama, Chitrakuta, Malyavan, Pariyatraka, Mahendra, Malaya, Sahya, Simhadri, Raivata and Anjana.

Lord Varaha tells about Venkatachala: In course of the conversation about the mountains, Lord Varaha tells about Venkatachala. Among the mountains in the south is Hastisaila. On the north of Hastisaila is river Suvarnamukhari. Towards the north of that river is the Kamala lake. On the bank of Kamala lake Lord Hari abides with Balabhadra. On the north of that lake is a divine forest with Harichandana trees. In that forest stands Venkatachala mountain several yojanas long and high. Devas, Munis, Danavas, Apsaras, Nagas etc. frequent there and perform penance.

Lord Varaha tells about the important Teerthas at Venkatachala: Lord Varaha then told about the important Teerthas of Venkatachala and their greatness. He mentioned about Chakra Teertham, Daiva Teertham, Akasaganga, Kumaradhara, Papanasam, Pandavan and Swami Pushkarini. Among them Swami Pushkarini is the most important. Lord Varaha abides on the western bank of Swami Pushkarini with Bhudevi, and Lord Srinivasa on the southern bank.

Bhudevi eulogizes Lord Varaha: Bhudevi then eulogized Lord Varaha.

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Lord Varaha departs to Vrishabhachala:

Sr Varaha Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 1): Lord Varaha departs to Vrishabhachala along with Bhudevi: Lord Varaha then departed to Vrishabhachala mounted on vehicle Garuda along with Dharani Devi (Bhudevi). He went to His abode on the western bank of Swami Pushkarini. That sacred Teertha is worshipped by great sages and Vaikhanasas.

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Lord Varaha tells about His mantra and meditation:

Sr Varaha Venkatachala Mahatmya (ch 2): Dharani Devi asks the Lord about His mantra: When Lord Varaha and Dharani Devi were abiding in Narayandri (Venkatachala) in the Krita Yuga of Vaivasta Manvantara, Dharani Devi asked the Lord about His mantra which propitiated the Lord. Lord Varaha told about His secret mantra:
Om Namah Sri Varahaya Dharanyuddharanaya Ca Swaha
which means: Salutations to Sri Varaha who rescued the Earth. The mantra should only be communicated to a devotee. Samkarshana is its sage, Lord Varaha is the deity, Pangkti is the metre, Sri is the bija. The mantra should be chanted four thousand times after getting initiated, and homa should be performed with rice cooked in milk along with honey and ghee.

Lord Varaha tells about His meditation: Lord Varaha should be meditated along with Dharani Devi seated on His left thigh. He is having the lustre of pure crystal. His eyes are like red lotus petals. His face is like a boar. His appearance is gentle. He has four arms. He has a crown. His chest is bearing the mark of Srivatsa. He is holding shankha and chakra in His hands. One of His hands is showing the abhaya mudra. He is wearing reddish-yellow clothes. He is adorned with red ornaments. He is sitting on a lotus over the body of Sesha on the back of Kurma. After meditating on the Lord in this manner the devotee should chant the mantra one hundred and eight times.

Dharani Devi asks about those who chanted this mantra: Dharani Devi then asked about those who chanted this mantra in the past and were benefited by it. Lord Varaha told about the cases of Dharma, Indra and Ananta.

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