What was the first thing that came out of the churning of ocean by the devas and asuras in the Kurma Avatara
The first treasure that came out of the Milk Ocean was the really powerful poison called the Haalahala, or kaalakuta poison – the most poisonous thing. Check notes for more information.
Once the posion came out of the ocean, the entire ocean became turbulent with huge waves, and all the living beings in the ocean were troubled. They all came to the surface of the ocean. Haalahaala poison began to spread in all directions, and affected the Devas and Asuras. They approached Lord Siva for help. Siva took the entire Haalahala poison in his hand, and he drank it. He kept the poison in his neck so that it does not spread and cause hurt to others. Because of this, Siva’s neck turned blue, and the poison looked like a blue ornament on his neck. This is why Siva is called Neelakanta, the blue-necked person.
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