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Kūrma


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According to the Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa, part of the cosmogonic process, in so far as it represents earth, atmosphere, and sky. In general, its stability makes it a representative of the earth, and, in particular, it symbolizes the subcontinent of India. According to the Vaiṣṇava Purāṇic texts, Kūrma is the second avatāra of Viṣṇu, which manifests itself at the time of the Churning of the Ocean as a support for the ‘churning stick’, Mount Mandara.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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