The story behind BHOO VARAHA SWAMYTEMPLE, KALLAHALLI

Its a rarity to find temple of Lord VARAHA SWAMY, the 3rd Avatar of Lord Vishnu.

One of such rare temples is the Beautiful temple located at Kallahalli, near Pandavapur in Mandya District, Karnataka.

This temple the BHOO VARAHA SWAMY TEMPLE IS ALSO KNOWN AS PRALAYA VARAHA NATHA SWAMY TEMPLE

The hugely impressive LORD VARAHASWAMY is Standing 15 feet tall (with base), Lord Varaha holds a 3.5 foot high Bhu Devi on His lap.
Lord Varaha is the 3rd Avatar of Lord Vishnu. 





River Hemavathi flows next to the temple. Due to its strong undercurrents, Swimming is to be avoided in the River.
The temple was in neglected condition even just a couple of years ago.
Now, it is being renovated and by the looks of it....it is emerging as a very attractive one.


STORY OF THE TEMPLE : 
There are several stories and legends associated with the temple
1. The most popular one is...
King Veera Ballala (son of King Vishnu Vardhana)  while resting after a tiring Hunting , noticed a Strange phenomenon....
A dog was chasing a Rabbit and at a particular point.....the rabbit turned and started chasing the Dog!!!
The Shocked King was convinced that the place had something divine/magical and started to dig the place.
To his surprise, he found a deity of LORD VARAHASWAMY hidden under the layers of the Earth.
The King then had a Temple built for the Lord.
The current temple structure is the remains of that original temple.

2. Legend goes that when the Krishnaraja Sagar dam was being constructed, more than 20 villages in the vicinity were submerged. Inhabitants feared Kallahalli too would meet the same fate, but it miraculously survived, even though the Varaha temple is at the confluence of three rivers -- the Cauvery, Hemavathi and Lakshmanatheertha.


3.
When the temple started flooding due to Kaveri backwaters, Laksmi Devi flung open the roof of the temple & went to a nearby tirtha, Melkote.The hole through which she escaped is star-shaped, & a stone slab of the same shape & size was found lying in Dodda Gadiganahalli village.
Archaeologists have confirmed that it is the same stone as that of the temple
Hence, it is said that for both Land (mother Earth) and Money (Devi Lakshmi), a devotee has to visit both the Varaha Swamy Temple as well as the Cheluva Narayanaswamy Temple in Melkote.


Gauthama Rishi installed the Deity more than 2000 years ago. 


The temple consists of a garbhagruha, antardwara and navaranga. In the sanctum, Lord Varaha sits with Bhu Devi on His lap. His lower right hand is in abhaya mudra, with chakra and shankh in His upper hands, and His remaining arm around Bhu Devi.
Lord Varaha wears kirita-mukhuta, while Bhu Devi wear karanda-mukhuta, and she holds a lotus. The Lord's tusks are lighter in colour and His eyes have a red tinge. The Deity (moolamurti) is salagrama-shila, and has Sudarshana Chakra on His back.

Benefits associated with visiting this Temple
Lord Vishnu took the Avatar of Lord Varaha Swamy to rescue Mother Earth from the demon Hiranyaksha.
The grateful Mother Earth assured all devotees who worshipp Lord Varaha Swamy will be blessed with Land, Property and Position. Locals also say that TAKING A BRICK FROM HERE AND WORSHIPPING IT DAILY WILL HELP EASE YOUR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION.
There is also a belief that THOSE WHO OFFER A PRAYER HERE WOULD BE ABLE TO BUY A PROPERTY
And these beliefs are making this temple more and more famous


For More details you can contact
Sri Brahmatantra Swatantra Parakala Mutt, Mysore (This mutt manages the Temple)
Phone number - 0821-2422536
The Priest of the temple are
Sri Srinivasa Raghavan - 9448011535
Sri K.R.Nagesha Rao - 9449009711

Thank you very much Sahana Rao for valuable inputs
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