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2nd Vishnu Avatar: Kurma or Tortoise Incarnation

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Kurma Avtar Of Lord Vishnu

In Kurma Avatar, Maha Vishnu incarnated as a giant turtle to save the earth from destruction during the Satya Yuga. This avatar is mainly presented in the Bhagavata Purana, Agni Purana, and Ramayana. Additionally, one of the eighteen major Puranas, the Kurma Purana, is said to have been directly communicated by Lord Vishnu to Narada, and it includes the details about the Kurma avatar.

Kurma avatar of lord vishnu

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The second avatar of the Dashaavtara of Lord Vishnu, he takes the form of a giant tortoise. This is known as the Kurma avatar. During the process of Amritmanthan, Kurma avatar of Lord Vishnu comes to the help of Gods and Demons. He helped in two different ways. These are as follows:

First, he acted as a base to support Mount Mandar, the axis for the churning of the ocean. Second, as Mohini takes hold of nectar (or Amrit), gods got the advantage in “Dev Asur sangharsh”.

2nd Avatar of Vishnu

The second Avatar of Lord Vishnu is the Kurma avatar. In this avatar Lord Vishnu took the form of a Tortoise. Moreover, he took this form to provide the much needed help to Gods and Demons for the progression of Amritmanthan. 

Kurma avatar story

Kurma avatar is the second avatar of Lord Vishnu out of the dasavatara. In this he took the form of a tortoise in order to protect and save the world from destruction. The story holds its roots in the tale of Amrit Manthan. Let us have a clear understanding of this tale.
During the churning of the ocean, the mountain that the Devas and Aasuras were using caused the Earth to tilt. This could have caused destruction and ended life on earth. However, during this time Lord Vishnu came to rescue. He took the form of a Tortoise in order to support the mountain and prevent the Earth from tilting any further. This tortioise avatar of Lord Vishnu is called his Kurma avatar.
The Kurma Avatar is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu and is believed to have taken place during the Satya Yuga. The story of this avatar is mainly presented in the Bhagavata Purana, Agni Purana, and Ramayana. The Kurma Purana, one of the major eighteen Puranas, also includes the details of this avatar, which is said to have been directly communicated by Lord Vishnu to Narada.

Curse of Durvasa to Indra

Devas grew more vulnerable due to the curse of Sage Durvasa. The demons or asuras, many evil deities in Hindu mythology, tried to overwhelm them. A war ensued, which continued for a long time. Despite fighting heroically, devas could not succeed over the asuras. So they asked Lord Vishnu for help.

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The advice of Lord Vishnu

Lord Vishnu

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Lord Vishnu requested the devas to utilize Mount Mandara as a churning place. But, they could not drag the mountain. On the advice of Lord Vishnu, the gods and asuras made a pact to churn the ocean jointly. They pulled Mount Mandara and utilized it as a churning rod. Serpent Vasuki was used as a rope. During churning, Mandara started to sink into the earth at the base of the ocean. Vishnu took the state of Kurma (second dashavatara) and carried the mountain on his broad back.

Vishnu as Mohini

As a result, amrita was available after the churning that asuras took possession of. Here Vishnu took the shape of a captivating lady, Mohini. He managed to seize the nectar bowl and gave it to devas. Eventually devas got powerful. Therefore, Vishnu aided the universe once again as Kurma Avatar.

‘ The glorious Vishnu is the sole refuge of mortals. Lord Vishnu is infinite Light, Love and Wisdom.’

FAQS(Frequently asked questions)

What does the tortoise avatar of Vishnu symbolize?

The second avatar of Lord Vishnu, also called the Kurma Avatar, symbolises Vishnu’s adaptability to any situation. Furthermore, the tortoise avatar played a crucial role in Hindu mythology, specifically in the story of the churning of the ocean of milk, the Amrit Manthan. 

What does Lord Vishnu symbolize in Hinduism?

Lord Vishnu is the part of the Tridev or Trimurti who run the world, Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesh. In Hinduism, Lord Vishnu symbolizes various aspects. Firstly, Lord Vishnu isthe preserver and protector of the universe. Additionally, he represents compassion, righteousness, and truth. Believers credit Lord Vishnu’s divine presence with bringing balance and harmony to the world.

How does Lord Vishnu fit into the assembly of Hindu deities?

Lord Vishnu is one of the three primary gods in the Hindu tradition, alongside Brahma and Shiva. Together, these three deities form the Trimurti, which represents the aspects of creation, preservation, and destruction respectively. Lord Vishnu is responsible for maintaining the balance and harmony of the universe.

What are some of the myths associated with Lord Vishnu?

There are several myths and stories associated with Lord Vishnu in Hinduism.

A famous story is the tale of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, each representing a different aspect of his divine nature. Mostly everybody knows about Lord Vishnu’s birth story. It depicts his emergence from a lotus flower on the surface of a primordial ocean.

Furthermore, Lord Vishnu’s various incarnations, such as Krishna and Rama, have their own stories and myths associated with them. These tales often highlight Lord Vishnu’s role as the preserver and protector of the universe. They also emphasize the importance of upholding righteousness and truth.

Which weapons were used by Lord Vishnu?

In Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu frequently wields several powerful weapons in his many forms and incarnations. These are as follows:

  • Sudarshana Chakra, a spinning disc-like weapon that represents his ability to cut through negativity and obstacles.
  • Kaumodaki, a mace that symbolizes his strength and ability to overcome evil.
  • Panchajanya, a conch shell that symbolizes his power and ability to create.

What are the teachings of Lord Vishnu?

The main teachings of Lord Vishnu include the possession and following of Dharma. Moreover, the other teaching includes the idea of Karma. lastly, another key teaching of Lord Vishnu is the value of devotion, or bhakti, to the divine. Finally, Lord Vishnu’s teachings emphasize the importance of living a virtuous and ethical life. Furthermore, cultivating a deep connection with the divine.

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