Varaha Avatar Hiranyaksha
One day Lord Vishnu was resting in his palace, when Lord Brahma’s four sons came to meet him. They were stopped at the entrance by two guards, Jaya and Vijaya. They did not allow them to enter as their master was resting, Brahma’s sons were very angry and cursed Jaya and Vijaya to be born as humans on earth and to leave their godly status.
A little while later Lord Vishnu arrived at the spot and apologized for Jaya and Vijaya’s behaviour as they were merely doing their duty. So as a compensation Brahma’s sons said that curse would be lifted when Jaya and Vijaya in human forms would meet their death at Lord Vishnu’s hands.
So Jaya and Vijaya were born as humans on Earth. They were named Hiranyakashyap and Hiranyaksh. When they were born both the earth and the heaven shook violently. Indra went to Lord Vishnu and said, “At their birth itself, there is so much chaos. What will happen when they’ll grow up?”
“Don’t worry, Indra,” said Lord Vishnu. “I’ll kill them when the time comes and no harm will come to anybody.”
Many years went by and Hiranyaksha became a young man. He was a great devotee of Lord Brahma. He gave a lot of time in penance when Lord Brahma appeared and gave him a boon. According to the boon, no God, human, Daitya or Asura would be able to kill him. So Hiranyaksha started displaying his strength as he was assured of his immortality.
He turned his waist side to side and began churning the sea. Due to this, waves lashed the sea. Varun Dev got very scared on seeing such a scene. He started searching for a place to hide. But Hiranyaksh confronted him and challenged him. At this, Varun Dev accepted his defeat and declared that he could not defeat Hiranyaksha as he was the strongest of all. And then Hiranyaksha was filled with pride. He went on churning the sea waters and k walked through the sea. Then he met Narad Muni. Hiranyaksh asked him,” “Is there anyone as strong as or stronger than me?” Narad Muni said, “Yes, Lord Vishnu is the strongest.” Hiranyaksha searched for Lord Vishnu everywhere but could not find him. Then he gathered the whole Earth into a round ball and went underwater to Pataal Lok to search for Lord Vishnu. All the Gods were worried. They got together and rushed to Lord Vishnu for help. They said, “Lord please save us. Hiranyaksh has taken Earth and disappeared.”
“Don’t worry. I know he has taken Earth to Pataal Lok. I’ll soon get Earth back at its position.”
Then Lord Vishnu took the form of a Varaha, a wild boar with two tusks. He went to Pataal Lok and challenged Hiranyaksha so they had a fierce fight. Hiranyaksha used many weapons to strike Varaha but they had no effect on him. Lastly, Hiranyaksha wound his strong, muscled arms round the wild boar’s neck to strangle him. At that very moment, Lord Vishnu left his Varaha form and appeared in his true self.
And then Vishnu directed his chakra at Hiranyaksha . The chakra separated his head from his body. Hiranyaksha died then and there. Then Lord Vishnu again took the Varaha form. He picked the Earth, which was like a ball, balanced on his two tusks and left Pataal Lok through the sea. He placed Earth at its original position and again appeared in his true form.
Lord Vishnu was praised by all the Gods on hearing the news of Hiranyaksha’s death.