Varahi Amman is one of the Sapta Matrikas, or seven mother goddesses, in Hinduism. She is the Shakti (feminine energy) of Varaha, the boar avatar of Vishnu. She is also called Dandini in some parts of India.
The Devi Bhagavatam and other Shaktha texts claim that her consort is Varaha.
Shaivites and Vaishnavites, too, worship Varahi. Devotees usually worship her in secret at night, using Vamamarga Tantric rituals. Wine, meat, fish, grain, and ritual sex are part of her worship. Varahi has the face of a sow and a woman’s body. She battles demons with her tusks while sitting on a corpse. Her complexion is dark, like a storm cloud, and she wears a karanda mukuta (a conical, basket-shaped crown) on her head. She has a pot belly and full breasts. She represents a fierce aspect of the Divine Mother. Sometimes, she is depicted as holding the earth on her tusks.
The Markendeya Purana describes Varahi as a Goddess who grants boons and is the regent of the Northern direction. It also describes her as riding a buffalo. The Devi Bhagavata Purana claims that Varahi and the other Matrikas were the creations of the Supreme Mother, who promised the Gods that the Matrikas would fight demons whenever required.
Varahi Amman Pooja is common in south India. People perform it to destroy enemies and gain relief from negativity, ill health, evil energies, accidents, and bad karma.
She is also believed to be the third incarnation of Bhu Devi. Varahi is the chief commander of Goddess Lalithambika’s army.
Varahi was born under Aayilyam Nakshatra in the Tamil month of Aadi. Supposedly, she emerged from the chakram of Goddess Bhuvaneswari. She helps Varaha to protect the world. Though she is fierce, she is very protective of her followers, like a mother toward her children.
The Devi Mahatmya says that Goddess Lalithambika created Varahi to fight the demon Visukran. Another myth says that Durga created the 7 Mantrikas to defeat the demon Raktabija.
She is depicted as standing, sitting, or dancing. She may have 2, 4, 6, or 8 limbs and rides various mounts, including buffalo, lion, boar, elephant, serpent, Garuda, and horse. She also wields a variety of weapons. The features of Varahi Amman Devi are listed below.
When to Perform Varahi Amman Pooja?
The auspicious time to perform Varahi Devi Pooja can be ascertained with the help of one’s birth chart. The best days to worship Varahi Amman are
∙ Performing the Pooja on Panchami tithi can bring victory and success.
∙ Ashtami tithi is also a good day. Doing Varahi Pooja on this day bestows talent, success, and wealth.
One can perform Varahi Yantra Pooja on:
Pooja Vidhi For Varahi Amman Pooja
Kalash Sthapana, including Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shadosh, Matrika, and Navgrah; Panchang; 64 yogini Poojas; Kshetrapal Poojas; Swasti Vachan; Sankalpa; Ganesh Poojas; Abhishek Navagraha Poojas; and 108 chants of each planetary Mantra. Devotees will also receive Vara.
The devotee’s family members need to participate in the Pooja.
∙ Varahi Amman Pooja must be performed in a distinct location from the daily Pooja.
∙ From the first day to the last, Varahi Pooja must be performed routinely at the same time without any interruptions.
∙ For Varahi Amman Pooja Vidhanam in the North direction, position the Varahi Amman statue and lamp over a separate stand.
∙ Near the Varahi Amman idol, place a Ganesha idol or picture facing north or east.
∙ Observe fasts and perform rituals on the auspicious days. This pleases Varahi Devi.
∙ Face east or west when praying or performing Varahi Amman Pooja and sprinkling holy water across the area.
∙ During the Pooja, light the diya separately. Recite Varahi Amman hymns and songs.
∙ Offer incense sticks, Abishekam, and Arathi. Blow a conch or ring a bell.
∙ Offer a dress, fruit (especially pomegranate and pineapple), sweet potatoes, tapioca, nuts, grains, cereals, sugarcane, milk, curd, kheer, honey, Tulsi, and Bilva leaves, and red, blue, or white flowers.
Mantra For Varahi Amman Pooja
Om! Varahyai Vidmahe Rathneswarayai Deemahi Than no Nithya Prachodayath
Pooja Samagri For Varahi Amman Pooja
∙ Turmeric powder
∙ Blouse piece for Kalash
∙ Betel leaves and betel nuts
∙ Coins, Agarbathi
∙ Chandan powder
∙ Kalash thread
∙ Raw rice, Coconuts
∙ Plantain leaves
∙ Cotton wicks, camphor, and incense sticks
∙ Ghee or oil for lamps
∙ Honey, Jaggery, Dried coconut
∙ Rice about 5kg, Rosewater
∙ Fruits (five different varieties)
∙ Flowers and garlands
∙ Trays and bowls for Pooja Samagri
∙ Vibhuti (holy ash), Dry fruits
∙ Tender coconut
Benefits Of Varahi Amman Pooja Vidhanam
Varahi Amman Pooja can prevent accidents and ward off the evil eye, negative energies, etc. It bestows happiness, victory over enemies, and prosperity. It can also enhance one’s spirituality.
Varahi Devi is a protective presence in our lives. She safeguards us from harm and disasters. Varahi Devi shows us the right path and sharpens our intuition. The Pooja purifies the mind and boosts strength and willpower.
Panchami Pooja for Varahi eliminates the problems and barriers one faces in life. It protects us from sins, negative energy, black magic, and harmful vibrations. It brings wealth and material gain and also improves our speech, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.
Varahi Devi Pooja boosts longevity and brings relief from diseases. It can bring fame, prosperity, and goodwill. It enhances social acceptance and brings good career opportunities.
The Pooja can improve one’s finances and remove debts. It boosts confidence, bestows victory, and removes fear. It helps expand business and protects us from malevolent spirits and unwanted litigation.
How to Do Varahi Pooja At Home
The steps for performing the Pooja at home are given below.
Clean the Pooja room. Take a bath before the Pooja. Arrange the flowers, incense, kumkum, camphor, turmeric powder, and a picture or idol of Varahi Devi.
Do some Pranayama to calm your mind and body.
Offer prayers to Ganesha before starting the Pooja.
Chant Varahi Mantra to invoke Varahi. Light a diya or lamp and offer flowers and incense.
Offer kumkum, turmeric powder, and flowers to the idol of Varahi. Recite the Varahi Chalisa or other hymns dedicated to the goddess.
Offer fruits, sweets, etc., to the Goddess and then distribute Prasad to family members and guests.
Temples for Varahi Devi
Goddess Varahi is worshipped in many temples as the main deity as well as one of the Sapta Matrikas. She is worshipped according to Tantric ceremonies in the Varahi Chaurasi temple, Odisha, where she is the main goddess. She is referred to as Patal Bhairavi.
In Mylapore, Chennai, there is a Varahi temple. There is a shrine for her in Thanjavur’s Brihadeeswarar temple. Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu has a renowned temple for the Goddess. In Gujarat’s Gonda district, too, there is a Varahi shrine.