Kurma Jayanti

Significance Of Kurma Jayanti

Kurma Jayanti is a very auspicious festival of Hinduism. This day is celebrated as the event of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu’s second Avatar – Kurma. On this day, sculptures of Lord Vishnu are worshipped all over India, and special events are organised to receive blessings and live a happy and prosperous life.

Why is Kurma Jayanti Important to Hindus?

Kurma Jayanti is celebrated as Lord Vishnu on this day manifested himself in the form of a tortoise, which is known as “Kurma” in the Sanskrit language. According to the Hindu Calendar or “Panchang”, Kurma Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day(Purnima) of the month of “Vaishakh”.
According to the holy scripture “Bhagavata Purana,” it is believed that to support the Madaranchal Parvat, Lord Vishnu took this avatar during “Ksheer Sagar Manthana”, and in the remembrance of this day, people started celebrating Kurma Jayanti. As this incarnation is in the form of a tortoise, it is believed to be very lucky to start construction work or to shift to a new house according to “Vaastu”. So, this is what Kurma Jayanti Story is.

Why did Lord Vishnu need to take such an Avatar?

According to the Hindu Holy Scripture “Bhagavata Purana”, it is believed that when the “Ksheer Samudra Manthan” was taking place, the Madaranchal Parvat was used as the rod, and the Vasuki-the naga raj(The Chariot of Lord Vishnu) was used as the rope to churn the ocean during extraction.

During the course of extraction, the gods and the demons were asked to churn it to take out Elixir from it. However, due to the gravitational pull and the weight of the mountain, the mountain began to sink and to stop the mountain from sinking, Lord Vishnu incarnated himself in the form of a Large Tortoise and took the Mandrachal mountain on his back so that the process could be continued. Without the Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu, the process of churning the ocean and extracting the 14 gems from it for the Gods couldn’t be completed.

During the course of extraction, both Elixir and Poison was extracted, and there was huge chaos between the two groups, namely, the devas(Gods) and Asuras(Demons), to drink the Elixir. Still, the third Avatar(Incarnation) of Lord Vishnu resolved the fight.

Now, the poison was left, which was then worn by Lord Shiva into his throat to save the universe from disruption because of which he famously was known and worshipped as “Neelkanth”.

This is the reason why Kurma Jayanti holds great importance in the hearts of people.

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Rituals that are Performed by People from Many Years

Moving to Kurma Jayanti Rituals, devotees follow a strict fast on this day. The fast starts from the night before the special day, and it continues all around the day. The devotees who follow fasting on this day stay awake for the whole night reciting “Vishnu Sahastranaam” and doing Vishnu Puja.
There is a temple in Andhra Pradesh with the sculpture of Lord Kurma established inside it. The devotees in this temple celebrate this day with immense sorrow and joy every year. People visit the temple in the evening to worship the Lord and present various offerings such as fruits, sweets and coconut and perform donation and charity in the form of food, articles of clothing and money as per their will to the Brahmins and poor ones.

Important Dates and Timings

  • Kurma Jayanti: Thursday, May 23, 2024
  • Kurma Jayanti Muhurat: 04:05 PM to 06:36 PM
  • Duration: 02 Hours 31 Mins
  • Purnima Tithi Starts At: 06:47 PM on May 22, 2024
  • Purnima Tithi Ends At: 07:22 PM on May 23, 2024

Benefits of Kurma Jayanti

By worshipping Lord Kurma on this day, a person can get success in the long term. It helps to eliminate all the negative energies in life and welcome wealth, health and prosperity in life. It also helps to overcome competition and rivalry in one’s life.

We hope that you really understood the Kurma Jayanti. And may Lord Kurma bless your life, forming it in the most beautiful way.

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