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Samudra Manthan : The Churning of the ocean

Samudra Manthan : The Churning of the ocean

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.

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