Kurma Jayanti


Vaishaka month’s Poornima is observed as birthday of Kurma Avatar-Kurma Jayanthi. Kurma Avatar is the second avatar of Lord Vishnu’s Dashavatar. The sanskrit word “Kurma” means Tortoise. This avatar is considered as a symbol of support and perseverance. Kurma Avatar is also called Kamatha, Kacchapam, Akupara and Ambuchara-aatmanaa meaning a 'tortoise' or ' in the form of a tortoise'

Kurma Jayanti 2023

Fri , 5th May 2023

Significance

Lord Vishnu in Kurma Avatar signifies stability and perseverance. Though most of the Vishnu avatars fight evil and establish Dharma, Kurma Avatar stands out in its purpose. The purpose behind this manifestation is sheer support and aid. Tortoise is one of the beings with a long life span, this also denotes longevity and stability. Shell of the tortoise symbolises inner strength and meditative abilities.

In the yogic world, Kurma avatar denotes Kurma Naadi the energy meridian that binds our breath with the cosmos, keeping us alive. It is closely associated with throat (Visshudhi) chakra. Kurmasana is one the asanas in Hatha yoga that cleanses and deepens the Kurma Naadi. It can also be perceived as the basis of meditation, watching the breath (Kurma Naadi ) is the first step towards meditation. Turning inward is also symbolised through the Kurma Avatar. Vedic astrology connects Kurma avatar to Planet Saturn based on the attributes of the avatar like slow, steady, stubborn and longevity. Kurma avatar worship and rituals are one of the best remedies for poor placement of Saturn.

Rituals

On the day of Kurma Jayanti, Vishnu devotees observe a strict fast and devote their time in meditation or japa. The vrat for this festival commences the previous night and continues till the next full day. Devotees observe night vigil, stays awake reciting ‘Vishnu sahasranaama’ and other Vedic Vishnu mantras. Grant festivities are organized at the ‘Sri Kurman Sri Kurmanatha Swami Temple’ in Andhra Pradesh and devotees from far and wide visit this temple for special pooja. Offering donations or charity to needy also is seen as an important event of the day. Donations in the form of food, money, clothes, or helpful efforts towards enhancement of life is considered of great power/ spiritual support on this day.

Gayathri Mantra

Om Namo Bhagavate
Kum Kurmaaya
Tharaa-thara Dhurandharaaya Nama
(Or)
Om Kurmaaya Namaha

Benefits

  • Observing Kurma jayanthi vrat relieves and mitigates Sade Sati effects and poorly placed Saturn in horoscope. 
  • Mahavishnu in the Kurma avatar imparts great firmness, stability and energy rooting to His devotees.
  • Blesses good health, longevity, and great mental peace. 
  • This vrat also negates Vaastu dosha and bestows new assets like land and other properties. 

Kurma Jayanti festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Saturday, 18th of May

2020

Thursday, 7th of May

2021

Wednesday, 26th of May

2022

Sunday, 15th of May

2023

Friday, 5th of May

2024

Thursday, 23rd of May

2025

Monday, 12th of May

2026

Friday, 1st of May

2027

Thursday, 20th of May

2028

Monday, 8th of May

2029

Sunday, 27th of May