Srimushnam Bhoo Varaha swamy

Srimushnam Bhoo Varaha swamy
Located 35kms West of Chidambaram in the Kattu Mannar Koil Taluk is the historical Bhoo Varaha Swamy temple in Sri Mushnum. Unlike typical moolavar deities in Vishnu temples, the Lord here is in the form of a small idol signifying the Varaha Avataaram. A visit even once to this temple and sincere prayers to Lord Bhoo Varahaswamy is said to help attain moksham in this lifetime, such is the power of Bhoo Varahar.
We worshiped PerumaL on 14th August 2011. 

The main deity is not a sculpted idol but an udbhavamurthy of saligrama shilai. It is said that lord vishnu resides in this particular place in three forms. One in the form of tree outside the temple, as the banks of the sacred tank (nithya pushkarni) and in the form of Bhoovaraha Swamy.


Varaha (Sanskritवराह) is the third Avatar of the Hindu Godhead Vishnu, in the form of a Boar. He appeared in order to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demonwho had taken the Earth (Prithvi) and carried it to the bottom of what is described as the cosmic ocean in the story. The battle between Varaha andHiranyaksha is believed to have lasted for a thousand years, which the former finally won. Varaha carried the Earth out of the ocean between his tusks and restored it to its place in the universe. Vishnu married Prithvi (Bhudevi) in this avatar.
Varaha is depicted in art as either purely animal or as being anthropomorphic, having a boar's head on a man's body. In the latter form he has four arms, two of which hold the wheel and conch-shell while the other two hold a mace, sword or lotus or make a gesture (or "mudra") of blessing. The Earth is held between the boar's tusks.
The avatar symbolizes the resurrection of the Earth from a pralaya (deluge) and the establishment of a new kalpa (cosmic cycle).
The Varaha Purana is a Purana in which the form of narration is a recitation by Varaha.

Prarthana Sthalam 
This is a Prarthana Sthalam for childless couples. Ladies, who have bath in the Nithya Pushkarani, go around the Arasa tree 12times, offer milk and fruits to small kids and recite the Varaha Kavacham are said to be blessed with Children.Santhana Gopalan positioned at uthsavamoorthy.This is also a prarthana sthalam for the unmarried.

While BhooVarahar is a Swayambu idol, the temple here in Srimushnum is said to have been constructed by Four Nayak kings- Achuthappa, Ananthappa, Govindappa and Kondappa Nayak.Beautiful Front mandapam has depiction of Dasavatharas, Boovarahaswami, Ambujavallithayar in Huge paintings.

We visited The Temple and Worshiped Lord on Vaikunda Ekadasi day ,24th Dec 2012. 
The Mandapam in the Frontal portion is an Architectural Beauty that parallels Darasuram and Vellore. We spent Quite sometime enjoying the carvings on The stones.  Many Forms of Vishnu , Varaha, Narasimha, Krishna , and Rama Avatharams, Gajalakshmi, are part of the Exquisite carvings , by unknown Artists of that time. Roof ceilings have Beautiful Flower Designs so mathematically done. Some of the Pictures are Posted here. 

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