Kurma Purana is one of the eighteen Puranas. In seventeen thousand stanzas, Vishnu, when in his Kurm or tortoise incarnation, explains to Indradyumna the objects of life, duty, wealth, pleasure and liberation. As a greater portion of it inspires the worship of Shiv and Durga, it is classed with Purans relating to Shiv. The Kurma Purana is divided into two parts. The first part deals with creation, the incarnations of Vishnu, the solar and lunar dynasties, the Manvantars, intermingled with hymns addressed to Shiv, Brahma, etc. and legends of Shiv. The second division is further divided into two parts. In the first part, knowledge of Shiv through contemplation is taught. In the second, the same objective is obtained through works, observance of ceremonies and precepts of the Veds.