Vishnu is the God of preservation or sustainer. He is one of the Hindu male trinity gods - Trimurti, the other two being Brahma and Shiva. He is believed to take various avatars or incarnations whenever the world is threatened with evil forces to preserve or protect the world. Vishnu incarnated as Kurma or tortoise during Samudra Manthan - the churning of ocean of milk. On his back, he supported the entire mighty Mount Mandar and Devas and Asuras began the churning. Kurma symbolizes the importance of foundation in any activity to be sustainable.
He is depicted here as half-human, half tortoise, four-armed Vishnu, holding Chakra (disk like weapon), Gada (mace), lotus, and Shankha (conch).
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