Wild Boar / Domestic Pig
Scientific Name: Sus scrofa (Wild Boar) / Sus scrofa domesticus (Domestic Pig).
Distribution:Least Concern (LC)
In Religion and Mythology
Varaha avatara of Lord Vishnu
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.