While Varahi Devi temples can be found in different parts of India, there is a well-known Varahi Devi Temple in Varanasi. The temple typically features a sanctum sanctorum (garbhagriha) where the idol or image of Varahi Devi is placed. The sanctum sanctorum and, thus, ‘vigraha’ (विग्रह – the idol of the deity) are situated at basement that is considered 'paataal lok' (पाताल लोक). Only the priest enters the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine to adorn and worship the deity. The devotees are not allowed to go to the basement. They can have a glimpse of Varahi Devi from two holes at the ground floor, just above the ‘garbhagriha’. From one hole, the face of the goddess can be seen and from another hole, a glimpse of the deity’s feet can be had.
Varahi Devi is depicted with the head of a sow (female pig) and the body of a human. She has four arms and holds various weapons and attributes, symbolizing her power and protection. She is often shown holding a trident (trishula) and sometimes riding a buffalo or standing on a buffalo. She is associated with the energy of Varaha. She destroys evil forces and grants strength and courage to her devotees. Devotees seek Varahi Devi's blessings for protection, prosperity, and overcoming obstacles. Devotees offer various offerings and perform rituals in front of the deity. Offerings made to Varahi Devi typically include flowers, coconuts, sweets, and other traditional items. The festival celebrations often involve elaborate rituals, devotional music, and processions.
The priests start performing ‘pooja’ from 4:00 AM to 5:30 AM and the devotees are allowed for ‘darshan’ from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM only. If you plan to visit the Varahi Devi Temple in Varanasi, it's advisable to check the temple's opening hours, dress modestly, and respect the temple's customs and traditions.