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Wild Boar


Scientific NameSus scrofa (Wild Boar) / Sus scrofa domesticus (Domestic Pig)
DistributionThroughout India
Conservation StatusLeast Concern (LC)
Varaha avatara of Lord Vishnu


In religion and mythology

The third avatara of Lord Vishnu was varaha, a boar. Varaha is generally depicted having a boar's head on a human body.

Varahi is the Hindu Goddess Durga in the form of a wild boar. She is regarded as the consort of varaha and one of the saptamatrikas (seven fierce forms of Goddess Devi).

Consumption of pig meat – pork - is forbidden or considered haraam by muslims . A vast majority of Hindus also avoid pig meat although it is beef (cow meat) that is forbidden by the religion.

Varahi Devi


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