Kurma Dwadasi Vrat is dedicated to Kurma Avatara, the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is the second incarnation of Lord Vishnu among Dashavataras. In 2013, Kurma Dwadasi Vrat date is January 23.
Kurma Dwadasi falls on Shukla Paksha Dwadasi in Paush Month. It falls on the following day of Putrada Ekadashi Vrata.
It is to note that Srikurmam Srikurmanatha Swamy Temple in Srikakulam is the best place to have Darshanam of the Lord on Kurma Dwadasi day.
Vishnu Sahasranama stotram, Srinatha Ashtakam, Achyutha Ashtakam, etc are the stotrams to chant on Kurma Dwadasi Vratha. Kurma Jayanti is the biggest festival dedicated to Kurma Avatara.
Kurma Dwadasi is also celebrated as Trivikrama Dwadasi Vrata.