dharma-raajaa alias yam-dev
(god of death) says in naarad puran slok 1.14.94 this about water as the
"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
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
....our guru brhmah..
.....om tat sat....om shaanti shaanti....