Believe it or not our little Tortoise also has roots and symbolism in Hinduism. Kurma (Sanskrit: कूर्म; Kūrma, 'turtle', 'tortoise'), also known as 'KurmaRaja' ('Tortoise King') is the second avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, the preserver god in the Hindu Trimurthi (trinity). He appeared in the Satya Yuga as a giant tortoise to save the earth from destruction. His enormous back was said to have provided a foundation for the mythical Mount Mandara, which was used by the gods (and demons) as a churning rod to stir the milk-ocean thereby obtaining the purported nectar of immortality.
Adhik Maas, which means extra month is also known as Purushottam Maas. Adhik Maas is considered very sacred. The story is associated with Lord Vishnu. In the Lunar year there were only twelve months, and each month was assigned to a god… but what about Adhik Maas? There was no god assigned to the extra lunar month. It is considered a very auspicious period. Fasting once a day is considered an auspicious ritual. Fasting and charitable acts this month will fetch a lot of positive results.