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| Last Updated:: 24/08/2023

Boar/ Domestic Pig












Scientific name


Sus scrofa cristatus Linn


Common name


Indian wild boar












Throughout India


Religious association








Varaha Temple, Khajrauho











Varaha is the third of the ten incarnations of Vishnu. In coastal Maharashtra, the boar is worshipped on the first four days of the Ganesha festival, when no boars are to be killed or driven away from the fields.
















According to Buddhist beliefs the Goddess of the Dawn-Marichi drives a chariot drawn by seven boars. The emblem of the thirteenth Tirthankara Vimalanatha is a boar.










Source : “Sacred Animals of India” by  Nanditha Krishna (Penguin Book India, 2010)