Kurma Jayanti is celebrated all over India to worship Kurma, the second incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. Like most of the avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu, Kurma was a humanoid as well; he was a half human and half tortoise. Kurma is a very important part of Hinduism as he depicts life.
Significance of Kurma Jayanti
This Jayanti is the most sacred day for Hindus. On this day the avatar of Lord Vishnu ‘Kurma’ is worshiped by Hindus. Hindu legend says that during the celestial event of ‘Samudra Manthan,’ the churning of the ocean took place by the help of ‘Mandaranchal Mountain’. As the mountain started to sink, the great Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of a huge tortoise and held the mountain on his back. Kurma Jayanti has high religious significance for the Hindus. The devotee expresses their gratitude for God Vishnu. This Jayanti is considered a propitious day for initiating construction work owing to the popular faith that Yogmaya resides within Lord Kurma.
History of Kurma Jayanti
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu took the form of Kurma to help the Gods in their war against the Demons. Once, the gods lost all of their strength due to a curse. They then decided to churn the ocean of milk after putting medicines in it so as to achieve nectar of immortality. Since the gods could not do this alone; they asked the help of the demons, promising them a share of the nectar in return. Even with the joint strength of the demons, the churning proved to be too difficult and at this point, Kurma appeared to help them, by lifting the churning stick on his back.
Celebration of Kurma Jayanti
Kurma is celebrated in India as a symbol of life due to how he saved the gods and helped in the creation of immortality. Many fasts and perform Lord Vishnu Puja on this day to receive blessings of Kurma for long and prosperous life.
We wish you and your family a holy Kurma Jayanti.Kurma Jayanti by Abhishek Dhawan