In Hinduism, Koormum was the second Avatar of Vishnu, succeeding Matsya and preceding Varaha. Like Matsya this incarnation also occurred in Satya Yuga (Era of Truth).
Vishnu in his second incarnation is in the form of half-man, half tortoise. The upper half resembles Vishnu with four hands with all the main attributes namely the Sudarshana Chakra (The Lord's Wheel) and a Shanka (conch shell). The lower two arms are in the protection and the boon giving gestures and He is surrounded by lotus.
In the popular Indian fable Koormum the tortoise helped the Gods to churn the ocean so that they can procure ambrosia; He became the base upon which a mountain was rested to churn the ocean.
Koormum is believed to symbolically narrate the first stages of evolution, as aquatic life harboured first signs of life on Earth.
This artwork is part of Suham's Dashavatara series refers to the ten avatars of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Vishnu is said to descend in form of an avatar in different time periods to restore cosmic order.