Why did Lord Vishnu have to take the Kurma avatar? Know the interesting story of Samudra Manthan
Lord Vishnu according to Hindu scriptures The Kurma avatar of K had helped a lot in churning the ocean. The Kurma avatar of Lord Vishnu is also called the incarnation of the tortoise. Kurma Jayanti is celebrated every year on the Poonam day of Vaishakh month. This time it is Sunday, May 15. According to mythology, Lord Vishnu incarnated as a tortoise on this day. At the same time, the Mandar mountain was placed on his back during the churning of the ocean.
Why Kurma Avatar?
According to mythology, once Durvasa sage got angry at the pride of Indra, the king of the gods. and cursed him. When Indra went to Lord Vishnu for help, he asked him to churn the ocean. Then Indradeva along with the gods and the demons agreed to churn the ocean, as said by Lord Vishnu.
It was decided to make Mandar Parvat Mathani i.e. Attitude for churning the ocean. It was also decided to use Nagraj Vasuki as its leader. Adhyay 7 of the 8th wing of Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran mentions how the churning of the ocean took place. It is said that for him the gods and demons forgot their differences and uprooted the Mandarachal mountain. But, when he brought it to Kshir Sagar, he gasped. Then Lord Vishnu helped him. And made Mandarachal sit on the raised eagle with only one hand. Then the eagle brought Mandarachal to Kshirsagar. And then Lord Vishnu placed it in the middle of the ocean.
Vasuki Nag wrapped Mandarachal like a rope. The gods and demons started churning the ocean. Of course, due to the heavy weight and no support at the bottom, Mandrachal started sinking in the water. Eventually, to make this task a success, Lord Vishnu took the form of a giant kurma or tortoise and became the base of Mandarachal in the sea.
Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu is also called Turtle Avatar. As described in Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, this form of Lord Vishnu was spread over one lakh jojan area. He made Mandarachal sit on his back. Mandarachal started moving fast on the huge back of Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu and thus the churning of the ocean became possible. With the help of Lord Vishnu, Mandar Parvat and Vasuki Nag, the gods and demons churned the ocean and obtained 14 gems.