Kurma Jayanti is a significant festival that celebrates the appearance of Lord Vishnu's second avatar, Kurma, the divine tortoise.
This auspicious occasion allows devotees to honor and revere Lord Vishnu for his role in preserving the universe and maintaining the balance between good and evil.
It serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding dharma (righteousness) and trusting in divine intervention during times of crisis.
Kurma Jayanti festival commemorates the day when Lord Vishnu took the form of a gigantic tortoise, known as Kurma, to help the gods and demons churn the ocean of milk (Ksheera Sagar) in pursuit of the nectar of immortality (Amrita).
Lord Vishnu as Kurma Avatar helped to maintain sustain activities and maintain Universal balance
The tale begins with the Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons) deciding to collaborate in churning the cosmic ocean, Ksheera Sagara, to obtain Amrita. This nectar would grant them immortality, and both factions desired it to gain an edge over the other. To churn the ocean, they used Mount Mandara as the churning rod and the divine serpent Vasuki as the churning rope.
However, as they began churning, Mount Mandara started sinking into the ocean due to its immense weight. Witnessing this, Lord Vishnu took the form of Kurma, the second avatar among his ten incarnations, known as Dashavatar. As Kurma, Vishnu transformed into a giant tortoise and supported the sinking mountain on his back, providing a stable base for the churning process.
As the Devas and Asuras continued churning the ocean, various divine objects, celestial beings, and precious treasures emerged. Eventually, Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods, emerged carrying the pot of Amrita. A fierce struggle ensued between the Devas and Asuras for possession of the nectar, but ultimately, the Devas emerged victorious with the help of Lord Vishnu.
Celebrating The birth of the Kurma Avatar
The reading of sacred texts, such as the Vishnu Purana and the Bhagavad Gita, forms an integral part of the festivities. Devotees also participate in charitable activities and engage in acts of kindness to honor the values of compassion and dharma upheld by Lord Vishnu.
Kurma Jayanti serves as a reminder of Lord Vishnu's commitment to preserving the balance of the universe and the importance of staying true to one's dharma. Through the celebration of this festival, devotees seek the blessings and guidance of Lord Vishnu, hoping to lead a life of righteousness and spiritual growth.
The role of Kurma Avatar in Samudra Manthan signifies the importance of stability and support amidst the chaos of life. It highlights Lord Vishnu's unwavering commitment to maintaining balance and order in the universe. The story also serves as an allegory for the spiritual journey, where the churning of the ocean represents the process of self-discovery and the pursuit of spiritual growth.