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Tirtha Amertha

by Micha F. Lindemans
The gods, led by Wisnu, wanted to create Tirtha Amertha, the elixir of immortality, from the 'Sea of Milk.' He managed to get the two Nagas of the underworld to uproot the sacred Mount Meru. With Bedawang Nala (Akupara), the World-Turtle, supporting it on its back, the Nagas wrapped themselves around Mount Meru and used it to violently churn the 'Sea of Milk'. Many wonders came forth from the Sea until finally the goddess Danwantari arose carrying the white gourd Kamandalu containing the precious elixir.

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