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250px-Varaha avtar, killing a demon to protect Bhu, c1740
General Info
Title(s) Asura
Sanskrit हिरण्‍याक्ष
Parents Diti and Kashyap
Sibling(s) Hiranyakashipu

Hiranyaksha was an asura of Hindu mythology. He was the son of Diti and brother of Hiranyakashipu. He dragged the Earth, in the guise of a cow, into the cosmic ocean. In order to defeat him and save Prithvi, Vishnu took the form of Varaha, a boar. He battled Hiranyaksha for one thousand years until he killed the demon and lifted the Earth on his tusks. His brother was also killed by Vishnu.

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