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Varaha Dwadashi: Appearance of Lord Varahadeva

Deena Bandhu Das: One of the oldest and self-manifest deities of Sri Varaha Bhagavan exists in Mathura in the Adi Varaha temple. This Deity is also called Lal Varaha because the Deity is red in colour. According to the Adi Varaha Purana, the story of this Deity is that Kapila Muni conceived of this Deity of Varaha in his mind and at once, It manifested itself before him. Kapila muni gave the Deity to Lord Indra in Satya-yuga. Indra worshiped this Deity in his kingdom Amaraavati. In Treta yuga when Ravana conquered Indra’s kingdom, Ravana took the Adi Varaha Deity to …

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A Visit to a Widow’s Ashram

One of the main reasons for my visit to India this year was to partake in a charitable project called Brajcare . I was part of a group consisting of over 25 people from Canada, Israel, Germany, Russia, Bosnia, Austria, Croatia, UK and of course India. One major mission of the charity is to give medical, nutritional and financial aid to the widows and sadhus (people whose lives are dedicated to the service of God and humanity) living in Braj; as well as improving their living conditions. I feel so privileged and fortunate to have been given this wonderful opportunity to engage my …