commander-in-chief of the army of the Maha Shakti- goddess Varahi appears in her potent Tantric form
in this Mahabalipuram black stone statue of the Devi, inspired by her
descriptions in the “Devirahasyam” and “Sri Tattvanidhi”- as a dark-skinned
potency of Vishnu’s Varaha avatar, Devi Varahi is worshipped in Hindu Tantra
and Vaishnavism as the protector and nourisher of the universe. Her association
with Sri Vishnu in his boar incarnation is highlighted in this black stone
goddess Varahi statue through the distinctive Vaishnavite mark on her forehead,
the Kiritamukuta crown that adorns her head, and the lotus throne on which the
floral aura highlights the divine presence of goddess Varahi in this powerful
representation of her. In her two hands, she bears danda (staff) and Hala
(plowshare). Devi Varahi with her main hands forms the gestures of
disseminating boons and fearlessness.
yet mighty, this black stone goddess Varahi statue is a blessing for the
worshipper of the great mother goddess.
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