Credits : Ar. Neeta Kembhavi, Kembhavi Architecture Foundation, Bangalore
From the Bhagavat Purana is a legend about the churning of the ocean of milk for the nectar of immortality. Mount Mandara was used as the churning rod, and Vasuki, a snake abiding around Shiva’s neck, became the churning rope.
The Samudra Manthana process released a number of things from the Ocean. Along with Gems and treasures, it also released the poison Halahala which lord shiva consumed to protect the world turning his throat into a hue of blue.
The final Ratna from the manthana was Amrita , the nectar of immortality.
Portrayed here is Vasuki the snake entwined around Mandara the mountain churning the ocean of milk.