SshraaDdh: THE SACREDNESS OF WATER OFFERING TO PITRUO
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on September 23, 2002

dharma-raajaa alias yam-dev (god of death) says in naarad puran slok 1.14.94 this about water as the great purifier:

"Waters are said to be groups of devo. Waters also constitute the groups of pitruo. Hence water should be offered by one who wishes the kalyaan (welfare) of pitruo.

Water is heated by the rays of surya (sun) during the day time. During night time water is made pavitra (sanctified) by the rays of the stars and the winds. During dusk and dawn the water is made pavitra by both the rays of surya and stars and winds. Therefore, waters are always pavitra (sacred).

Water is always pure by nature and if its pollution through contact with impure things is beyond one's ken. Water is always pavitra (sacred) whether it is in a pot of on the ground.

It is in water that bali or uphaar (oblations) of water should be offered to the devo and pirtuo

At the time of SshraaDdh and hom or yagna one shall offer bali or uphaar (libation) of water with one hand." 

We all at PVAF convey pranaam to our guru Dr. G. V. Tagore from whose English translation of the sanskrit naarad puraan we have been blessed with the above knowledge of the sacredness of water not only in SshraaDdh ceremony but also as sacred life sustainer for all living beings in this universe.....

.......om namah brhmah....
....our guru brhmah..
.....om tat sat....om shaanti shaanti....



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