Varahi

Varahi (Verai, Dandini, Dhandai) (Sanskrit: वाराही, Vārāhī)[note 1] is one of the Matrikas, a group of seven mother goddesses in the Hindu religion. Bearing the head of a sow, Varahi is the shakti (feminine energy) and one of the consorts of Varaha, the boar avatar of the preserver god Vishnu.[2] In Nepal, she is called Barahi. In Rajasthan and Gujarat, she is venerated as Dandini.

Varahi
Commander of the Matrikas
Varahi seated on a tiger
Other namesVarthali, Dandini Devi, Dhandai Mata, Verai
Devanagariवाराही
Sanskrit transliterationVārāhī
AffiliationMatrikas, Devi
AbodeVaikuntha
MantraOm Varahmukhi Vidhmahe Dandanathae Dhimahi Tanno Devi Prachodayat
WeaponPlough and pestle
MountBuffalo
ConsortVaraha[1]


Varahi is more commonly venerated in the sect of Shaktism. She is usually worshipped at night, using secretive Vamamarga Tantric practices. The Buddhist goddesses Vajravārāhī and Marichi have their origins in the Hindu goddess Varahi.


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