Kurma Jayanti or Sri Kurma Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Vishnu as an incarnation of a tortoise. Kurma Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day of Vaishakh month. This year Kurma Jayanti will be celebrated on Sunday, May 15, 2022. Kurma means tortoise, it is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Different things have been told in the Puranas about what is its number in the ten incarnations. According to Hindu religious belief, on this date, Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of Kurma (turtle) and helped in churning the ocean by holding the Mandarachal mountain on his back.
According to astrobix.com, Once, Maharishi Durvasa cursed Indra, the king of the gods, to make him Shrine. When Indra went to Lord Vishnu, he asked him to churn the ocean. Then Indra agreed to churn the ocean along with the demons and deities as instructed by Lord Vishnu. To churn the ocean, Mandarachal mountain was made Mathani and Nagraj Vasuki was made the leader. The gods and the demons, forgetting their differences, uprooted Mandarachal and carried it towards the sea, but they could not take it far. Then Lord Vishnu placed Mandarachal on the beach. The gods and demons put Mandarachal in the sea and made Nagraj Vasuki the leader. But as there was no base under Mandarachal, he started drowning in the sea. Seeing this, Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a giant Kurma (turtle) and became the base of Mandarachal in the sea. Mandarachal started moving fast on the huge back of Lord Kurma and thus the churning of the ocean came to an end.
Kurma Jayanti is one of the most auspicious and important festivals for the Hindu people. It is believed that by taking the form of Kurma without the help of Lord Vishnu, Kshirsagar would not have been completed. Lord Vishnu emerged in the form of a huge kurma (tortoise) and carried the Mandarachal mountain on his back. Thus, the day of Kurma Jayanti holds great religious significance. This day is considered auspicious for starting any kind of construction work.
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