The festival of Kurma Jayanti celebrates the birth of Lord Vishnu in the form of a tortoise, known as ‘kurma’ in the Sanskrit language. It falls on the ‘Purnima’ (full moon day) in the month of ‘Vaishakh’ in the Hindu calendar. In the English calendar, this date falls between May-June. According to the Hindu legends, it is believed that on this very day, Lord Vishnu in His avatar of ‘kurma’ lifted the gigantic Mandaranchal Parvat on His back during the ‘Ksheera Sagara Manthan’.
From then onwards Kurma Jayanti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Kurma (Tortoise). This form is known to be the second avatar of Sri Hari Vishnu and Hindu devotees worship Him religiously on this day with full gaiety and dedication. On the day of Kurma Jayanti special pujas and ceremonies are held in Lord Vishnu temples all across the country. The festivity at the ‘Sri Kurman Sri Kurmanatha Swami Temple’ in Andhra Pradesh is very grand and the festivities lure devotees from far and wide.
Kurma Jayanti 2021 is on May 26 Wednesday
Significance of Kurma Jayanti
Kurma Jayanti is an auspicious festival for Hindus. On this day the Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu is revered by Hindus. As per the Hindu mythological stories, during the celestial event of ‘Khseera Samudra Manthan,’ the ‘Mandaranchal Parvat’ was used for churning the ocean. However, when the mountain began to sink, Lord Vishnu emerged as a giant tortoise and held the parvat on His back. Therefore without this Kurma Avatar, the ‘Ksheersagara’ could not be churned and the 14 divine gifts or ‘ratnas’ would not have been bestowed to the Gods or ‘Devas’. Henceforth Kurma Jayanti holds immense religious significance for Hindus and devotees to express their gratitude for the greatness of Lord Vishnu. The day of Kurma Jayanti is considered auspicious for initiating construction work owing to the popular belief that Yogmaya resides with Lord Kurma. This day is even favorable for shifting into a new house or work related to Vaastu.