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Baramulla is a city and a municipality in the Baramulla district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir . It is on the bank of the Jhelum River downstream from Srinagar, the state capital. The city was earlier known as Varahamula which is Sanskrit for "boar's molar".OriginThe name Baramulla is derived from the Sanskrit Varahamula, a combination of varaha and mul meaning "boar's molar."According to Hindu teachings, the Kashmir Valley was once a lake known as Satisaras . Ancient Hindu texts relate that the lake was occupied by the demon Jalodbhava until Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a boar and struck the mountain at Varahamula. This created an opening for the water to flow out of the lake.The modern Baramulla was called Varahamulaksetra or Varahaksetra in the ancient days. Originally, it was a suburb of Huviskapura . Associated with the Adivaraha, the boar incarnation of Visnu, it was considered very sacred. Consequently many temples and monasteries were built in the 9th and 10th centuries, during the region of Lalitaditya Muktapida, Sugandha, and Ksemagupta, when the cult of Visnu flourished there.
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