The Tamil name for the Pa- goda (q.v.). Dr. Bidie, in the Journal of the Asiatic Society. Bengal, 1883 (p. 35), cites Sir Walter Elliot, that " the term varaha is never used in ancient Tamil rec- ords in connection with money, but the word pon , which was a piece equal to the modern half pagoda, the pagoda itself be- ing the double pon. which ultimately be- came the varaha."
Source: Frey's Dictionary (American Journal of Numismatics, Vol. 50, 1916)