Do you know why temples have tortoise idols established? Read the amazing facts about Indian temples!
We find the replica of tortoise peculiarly established in front of an idol of the God but outside of the inner room (garbh-gruha) of the temple premises. Is there any reason behind tortoise idol being established in front of the God? YES!
The turtle is considered to be a Kurma avatara (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. It possesses Sattvaguna (Sattvic qualities, pure qualities) meaning thereby capable to acquire divine knowledge. The Lord Vishnu blessed it to gain the place opposite the idol in the temples.
The findings reveal that the turtle is there owing to its rational behavioral pattern and visible qualities. It is advised to offer prayers to God only after bowing down to the turtle, denoting never physically feeds her little ones but merely looks in their eyes, full of affection which satisfy their appetite. This symbolizes Gods blissful sight on the devotee.
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The turtle has its head down, having six organs representing six evils of human race that is, Kama (lust), Krodh (anger), Moha(attachment), Lobh (greed), Mada (pride) Matsar (jealousy) and has the quality of converging all its organs. In the same manner it is expected that devotees should surrender and control all their organs in order to overcome the ill-effects of the material world enabling them to obtain blessings of the God in true sense!