Kurma Jayanthi or first appearance day of Lord Kurma, the tortoise form of Lord Vishnu is usually observed on Vaishakh Purnima in many places of India. But in some regions, it is celebrated on Nirjala Ekadashi. In 2016, Kurma Jayanthi (Nirjala Ekadashi) date is June 16.
Lord Vishnu was incarnated as Kurma avatar in order to help Gods and demons with becoming the base to Mount Mandara in Samudra Manthan (churning of the Ocean).
Srikurmam Sri Kurmanatha Swamy Temple near Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh is the only temple dedicated to Kurmaavataram. Matsya Kurma Sametha Lakshmi Narayanaswamy Temple, Madhapur, Hyderabad, is another temple dedicated to Lord Kurma.
Panchang, Kurma Jayanti – 16 June 2016
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 05:45 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 19:10
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)15:42 Chandrastama (Moonset)27:22
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ekadashi – 09:54
Nakshatra Swati – 23:17
Yoga Parigha – 07:17
Karana Bava – 23:04
Purnimanta Month Jyeshtha
Amavasyanta Month Jyeshtha
Shaka Samvatsara: Durmukhi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Saumya
Rahu Kalam: 14:08 – 15:49
Gulika Kalam: 09:06 – 10:47
Yama Gandam: 05:45 – 07:25
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Mithuna
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Tula
Amrita Kalam 13:24 – 15:12
Abhijit: 12:00 – 12:54
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 29:30* – 31:17*
Durmuhurthams: 15:35 – 16:29
In 2015, Kurma Jayanti was on May 29. In 2014, Kurma Jayanthi (Nirjala Ekadashi) date was June 9. In 2013, Kurma Jayanthi (Nirjala Ekadashi) date was June 19 / 20. In 2012, Kurma Jayanthi (Nirjala Ekadashi) date was May 31 / June 1.