Punya Theertha

The word Punya theertha means holy water.

Traditionally water in India has been considered to be holy. The rivers are holy, the water tanks are holy. Every religion of the world has a water ritual involved in them.
What is the significance attributed to the holiness of water?

Is it all just religious hogwash?
In the Indian tradition of prayers, water is kept in a vessel before which various mantra or incantations are chanted. After this ritual the water is considered to be holy.
Is there any scientific validation for this process?
In Japan, a researcher by name Masaru Emoto has done research on frozen crystals of water and has studied their molecular structure to see if human vibrational energy through thought, words, idea and music has any effect on the molecular structure of the crystallized water. His documentation is amazing. It shows the crystallized structure of the water, when it is polluted or spewed with hatred, the water crystals display a disturbed molecular structure. Water crystals when treated with soul filling music or when the water is taken from calm rivers or from holy spots, exhibit a very beautiful crystalline image.

This clearly suggests that water has life of its own and responds to various vibrations around it.
Such research done in different parts of the world bring forth to us, infact that the ancient civilizations specially the Indians understood the impact of the vibrational energy, has on water.

Having understood this feature of water, the ancients used it positively to calm the human mind and also for its curative powers. It is for this reason they called it Punya Theertha or Holy or Noble water.

In this subject capsule, we look at this concept of Punya theertha as it is practiced both in India and other parts of the world.