O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari,
who have assumed the form of a tortoise! All
glories to You! In this incarnation as a divine
tortoise the great Mandara Mountain rests upon
Your gigantic back as a pivot for churning the
ocean of milk. From holding up the huge
mountain a large scar like depression is put in
Your back, which has become most glorious.
Sri Dasavatara Stotra, 2nd Sloka
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.