Goddess Vaarahi is one of the Saptamatrikas (the seven female goddesses). She has a head of a sow and represents the power of Varaha, the third avatar of Vishnu.
Varahi is the commander-in-chief of the army of Devi Lalitha Tripura Sundari, the supreme Goddess of Hinduism. She holds a staff in one of her hands and gets the name ‘Dandini’ because of this.
Amongst the Saptamatrikas, Varahi is seated fifth and is also known as ‘Panchami,’ the fifth one.
The Devotees belonging to the three important Hindu sects, Saivism, Vaishnavism, and Sakta, worship Varahi.
Legends of Varahi
There are several legends associated with Varahi. The Goddess is the commander-in-chief of Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari’s Army and an important companion of her along with Mathangi. She guards the Goddess, and one can receive the wholesome blessings of Devi Lalitha only if he has worshipped Varahi.
Varahi played a significant role in several combats of Devi Lalitha with the Asuras. Several Puranas praised her bravery during Devi Lalitha’s war with Shumbha-Nishumbha, Bandasura, and Rakthabeej, the three powerful demons killed by Devi Lalitha. Varahi killed several generals and relatives of the three asuras during the war.
Varahi is also known to be representing the Sakthi (power) of Varaha, an avatar of Maha Vishnu. Some also believe Varahi represents the power of Bhairava, a fierce form of Shiva.
The Appearance of Goddess Varahi
Varahi features a dark complexion and features eight hands carrying several weapons. As she is the commander-in-chief of the army of Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari, she possesses several weapons with her. Varahi holds Sankha (Conch), Chakra (Discuss), Dhanda (Staff), Noose, Gada (Mace), Sword, Shield, and Goad.
She uses Lion, eagle, or preta (corpse) as her mount. Some accounts depict her with a blue complexion.
How to worship Varahi
Worshipping Varahi during the night is very significant. Generally, Varahi is invoked after sunset and before sunrise.
You can perform worship and puja to her statue or portrait. Place the idol or picture of the Goddess on an altar and decorate it with flowers. Then, have some flowers and Kumkum (vermillion) ready to perform Archana (Pooja).
Light a lamp facing the North direction and also lit some fragrant dhoop. Boiled sweet potatoes, Urad dhal vada, pomegranate fruit, Tamarind Rice, and Lemon rice are ideal as naivedya for Goddess Varahi.
Chant the Varahi mantras and recite the shlokas for 3, 21, or 108 times. You can use a rosary mala to keep a count of your chant/recital.
Once the puja is over, perform the Deepa Aradhana. Praying to Varahi for one mandala (48 days) is believed to bestow her choicest blessings upon you and help you realize your genuine wishes.Join Now
Benefits of Varahi Worship
- Eradication of the “evil eyes” cast upon you by others.
- Shields from the dangers emanating from evil spirits.
- Varahi protects her devotees from black magic and unethical occult practices.
- Varahi worship offers protection against mishaps like accidents.
- It Boosts your goodwill and recognition.
- It increases fame and makes your words count.
- Invoking Varahi frees you from fear and self-doubt
- She blesses the devotees with courage and confidence.
- Shields devotees from diseases and sickness.
- It helps to manage enemies and emerge successfully.
- Her worship bestows happiness and prosperity.
- Varahi blesses her devotees with knowledge and wisdom.
Varahi Mantras and Shlokas
Some important mantras and shlokas of Goddess Varahi are below.
Varahi Gayatri Mantra
The Varahi Gayatri mantra is a powerful mantra that is ideal for reciting 3 or 21 or 108 times a day.
‘Om Shyamalaayai Vidmahae
Hala Hasthaya Dhimahi
Thanno Vaaraahi Prachodhayaath’
Varahi Moola Mantra
Varahi Moola Mantra is ideal for reciting 3 or 21 or 108 times in a day.
Om Aim Hreem Shreem
Aim Gloum Aim
Anthe Anthini Namaha
Runthe Runthini Namaha
Jambe Jambini Namaha
Mohe Mohini Namaha
Sthambe Sthambini Namaha
Sarvadusta Pradustanaam Sarvesaam
Sarva Vaak Sidha Sakchur
Stambanam kuru Kuru
Taha, iTaha, thaha, Thaha
Hum Astraya phat Swaha ||
Ithi Sri Maha Varahi Moola Mantra ||
Varahi Dwadasanama Stotram
Dwadasha means twelve in Sanskrit, and Nama means names. Thus, the Varahi Dwadasanama Stotram consists of 12 names of Sri Varahi Devi.
Asya shrivarahi dvadashanamastotrasya ashvanana rrishih |
Anushtupchandah | shrivarahi devata |
Shrivarahi prasadasiddhyartham sarvasa~nkataharana jape viniyogah |
Pa~nchami dandanatha cha sa~nketa samayeshvari |
Tatha samayasa~nketa varahi potrini shiva || 1||
Vartali cha mahasena.a.aj~nachakreshvari tatha |
Arighni cheti samproktam nama dvadashakam mune || 2||
Nama dvadashadhabhij~na vajrapa~njaramadhyagah |
Sa~nakate duhkhamapnoti na kadachana manavah || 3||
Iti varahi dwadasanama stotram sampurnam |
Temples of Varahi
- Varahi Temple, Chaurasi Orissa
- Varahi Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Varahi Temple, Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu (Inside the Brahadeeswara Temple Complex)
- Varahi Temple, Uthirakosamangai, Tamil Nadu
- Ashta-Varahi temple (eight forms of Varahi), Salamedu near Villupuram, Tamil Nadu
- Varahi Temple, Sozhinganallur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
- Varahi Temple, Phewa Lake, Nepal.