(or the Koorm Avatar) is the second, turtoise-incarnation
of Lord Vishnu.
At the Churning
of the Ocean, the Mount Mandara that was used as a churning
stick, began to sink into the soft ocean bed. This caused
Vishnu to assume the form of the turtoise-avatar, diving to
the bottom where his back became a pivot for the churning
The Kurma incarnation also represents the stage
in the development of life, when the ability to breathe
air and walk out of the water developed. The turtle
is also the symbol of perseverance.