HIRANYAKSHA once gathered the whole Earth into a round ball and went underwater to Pathaal Loka to search for Lord Vishnu.

All the Gods and controllers of material worlds approached Lord Vishnu for help.

They prayed to the Lord to save them as Hiranyaksha has taken Earth and disappeared.

Hearing their plea, Lord Vishnu took the avatar as a Varaha, a wild boar with two tusks.

Lord Varaha went to Pathaal Loka and called Hiranyaksha for fight.

Sri Jayadeva Goswami in his Dasavathara Song:

"All glories to Lord Kesava [Krsna], who appeared as the boar. The earth was held between His tusks, which appeared like the scars on the moon."


Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.18:

O sinless Vidura, all of a sudden, while Brahma was engaged in thinking, a small form of a boar came out of his nostril. The measurement of the creature was not more than the upper portion of a thumb.

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.19:

O descendant of Bharata, while Brahma was observing Him, that boar became situated in the sky in a wonderful manifestation as gigantic as a great elephant.

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.20:

Struck with wonder at observing the wonderful boarlike form in the sky, Brahma, with great brahmanas like Marrci, as well as the Kumaras and Manu, began to argue in various ways.

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.21:

Is this some extraordinary entity come in the pretense of a boar? It is very wonderful that He has come from my nose.

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.22:

First of all this boar was seen no bigger than the tip of a thumb, and within a moment He was as large as a stone. My mind is perturbed. Is He the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Visnu? 

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.23:

While Brahma was deliberating with his sons, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu, roared tumultuously like a great mountain. 

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.24:

The omnipotent Supreme Personality of Godhead enlivened Brahma and the other highly elevated brahmaṇas by again roaring with His uncommon voice, which echoed in all directions.

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.25:

When the great sages and thinkers who are residents of Janaloka, Tapoloka and Satyaloka heard the tumultuous voice of Lord Boar, which was the all-auspicious sound of the all-merciful Lord, they chanted auspicious chants from the three Vedas.

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.26:

Playing like an elephant, He entered into the water after roaring again in reply to the Vedic prayers by the great devotees. The Lord is the object of the Vedic prayers, and thus He understood that the devotees' prayers were meant for Him. 

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.46:

The sage Maitreya said: The Lord, being thus worshiped by all the great sages and transcendentalists, touched the earth with His hooves and placed it on the water. 

Srimad Bhagavatham 3.13.47:

In this manner the Personality of Godhead, Lord Visnu, the maintainer of all living entities, raised the earth from within the water, and having placed it afloat on the water, He returned to His own abode.