The Kurma Purana is one of the eighteen Mahapuranas and a medieval-era Vaishnavism text of Hinduism. The text is named after the tortoise avatar of Vishnu. The manuscripts of Kurma Purana have survived into the modern era in many versions. The number of chapters varies with regional manuscripts, and the critical edition (edited by Anand Swarup Gupta, and published by the All-India Kashiraj Trust, Varanasi) of the Kurma Purana has 95 chapters. Tradition believes that the Kurma Purana text had 17,000 verses, and the extant manuscripts have about 6,000 verses. The Kurma Purana, like other Puranas, includes legends, mythology, geography, Tirtha (pilgrimage), theology, and a philosophical Gita. The notable aspect of its Gita also called the Ishvaragita, is that it is Shiva who presents ideas similar to those found in the Bhagavad Gita.
In Hindu mythology, “Kurma” refers to the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu cosmology, during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan), Lord Vishnu took the form of a tortoise (Kurma) to support Mount Mandara, which was used as a churning rod.
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Mythological story from Kurma Purana
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