Kurma Dwadashi is celebrated on the twelfth day of the waxing phase of moon in the month of Paush, which corresponds with the months of December-January of the Gregorian calendar. The day is dedicated to the incarnation of Lord VishnuVishnu
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in the form of a tortoise and this form of his known as Kurma. The most visited temple on this day is located in Andhra Pradesh, and it is named as a SrikurmamKurmanathaSwamy temple in Srikakulam district.
Though the day is celebrated on the twelfth day, the preparations begin from the tenth day itself. People take a ritualistic bath to clean them. This is known as a purification ritual. They meditate on Vishnu’s name and make preparations for the fast that they have to observe on the following day.
People observe a strict, full day fast without even drinking water. Though some might opt for an easier option and keep a fast in which they can consume water and fruits. Mostly people combine the fast observed for Ekadashi and Kurma Dwadashi. The only difference is that people worship Kurma form on this day specifically. The fast is ended on the twelfth day, in the morning. Devotees consume prasadam that was initially offered to Kurma.
It is believed that observing a fast on this day can lead a human to a better and happier life. All his sins get absolved, and he moves towards the path of salvation, with a free and lighter spirit.