The Supreme Lord, Vishnu is said to recline on an ocean of milk. This is mentioned in Bhagavatam 8.5.24:

śrī-śuka uvāca
ity ābhāṣya surān vedhāḥ
saha devair arindama
ajitasya padaṁ sākṣāj
agāma tamasaḥ param

Śrī Śuka said: O Mahārāja Parīkṣit, subduer of all enemies, after Lord Brahmā finished speaking to the demigods, he took them with him to the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, which is beyond this material world. The Lord's abode is on an island called Śvetadvīpa, which is situated in the ocean of milk.

In the Bhagavatam, the churning of the milk ocean by the Devas and the Daityas is also described in great detail. Here is one of these verses:

kṣīrodadhāv amara-dānava-yūthapānām
unmathnatām amṛta-labdhaya ādi-devaḥ
pṛṣṭhena kacchapa-vapur vidadhāra gotraṁ
nidrākṣaṇo 'dri-parivarta-kaṣāṇa-kaṇḍūḥ

The primeval Lord then assumed the tortoise incarnation in order to serve as a resting place [pivot] for the Mandara Mountain, which was acting as a churning rod. The demigods and demons were churning the ocean of milk with the Mandara Mountain in order to extract nectar. The mountain moved back and forth, scratching the back of Lord Tortoise, who, while partially sleeping, was experiencing an itching sensation.

It is written in the Bhagavatam 5.20.18 that the Dvipa (island) known as Kushadvipa, which is a part of the Bhumandala (the Earth) is surrounded by an ocean of milk:

tathā ghṛtodād bahiḥ krauñcadvīpo dvi-guṇaḥ sva-mānena
kṣīrodena parita upakḷpto vṛto yathā kuśadvīpo ghṛtodena
yasmin krauñco nāma parvata-rājo dvīpa-nāma-nirvartaka āste

Outside the ocean of clarified butter is another island, known as Krauñcadvīpa, which has a width of 1,600,000 yojanas [12,800,000 miles], twice the width of the ocean of clarified butter. As Kuśadvīpa is surrounded by an ocean of clarified butter, Krauñcadvīpa is surrounded by an ocean of milk as broad as the island itself. On Krauñcadvīpa there is a great mountain known as Krauñca, from which the island takes its name.

Now my question is that are all these three oceans of milk (the one on which Vishnu lies, the one that was churned by the Devas and Daityas, the one that surrounds Kusadvipa) the same ocean?

  • Last line especially "why are we not able to see/perceive it?" hypothetical question and may lead to opinions and lead to science based answer. Please remove it. – Sarvabhouma Aug 18 '18 at 10:10
  • @Sarvabhouma if it is mentioned in the Bhagavatam, it must be true. Then why are we not able to perceive it is my question... what do you mean when you say that it is a hypothetical question? – Hayagreev Ram Aug 18 '18 at 10:13
  • There are non verifiable sentences and sometimes statements which are scientifically wrong. Earth gone through many changes from the time puranas were written to today. Why are we not seeing can be giving rise to many opinions or assumptions. It is a hypothetical question and we have to guess it and that would give to wrong answers too. See help center. This is an open ended question and extra 2nd question. Only 1 question per post. So, removing is better. We can use Hinduism chat for discussion . – Sarvabhouma Aug 18 '18 at 10:21
  • Lord Vishnu probably also lies on Garbodhaka ocean. – Chinmay Sarupria Aug 18 '18 at 10:55

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