sOrigin: Karnataka, Tulu Nadu region, 19th century
Weight: 3.9 kg
Panje kurle or kurli is a wild boar’s offspring and a powerful divine spirit. This offspring was formed by Lord Shiva and was cursed by Goddess Parvati for his misdeeds of destroying her “kadalivana” (banana grove). The cult of Panjurli appears to be as old as the beginning of agricultural period of human civilization, possibly dates back in 3,000 B.C. or older. The curse is mitigated by proclaiming him to be born on Earth as a Divine Spirit to protect and uplift from evil. The age of old spirit of Panjurli became Varaha and was moulded as one of the incarnation of Lord Visnhu.