The 12th waxing lunar day in the Vedic month of Pausha is celebrated as Kurma Dvadashi. It is considered as the day when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Kurma (tortoise) to help with the Samudra Mathan (churning of the oceans). The Kurma avatar of Lord Vishnu is connected to the planet Shani (Saturn). This year it falls on Jan 3rd, 2023 (based on where you live). Use the Cosmic Insights app to find your local timings.


  1. Chant the mantra Aum Namo Bhagavate Akūpārāya 108 times – this mantra is suggested by Pandit Sanjay Rath.
  2. Read the story of Samudra Manthan and contemplate on the role of Lord Kurma.
  3. Donate to people who are less fortunate than you without any expectations.
  4. Be of Service to help people around you and bring stability in their lives just like how Lord Vishnu in HIS Kurma avatar provided the stability that was needed.
  5. It is a great day to bring an idol of a tortoise into your home of office.