World Water Day 2023: Lord Shiva himself is water, the glory of water is described in the scriptures and Puranas

World Water Day 2023: Lord Shiva himself is water, the glory of water is described in the scriptures and Puranas

World Water Day 2023 Significance in Hindu culture: Every year 22 March is celebrated as World Water Day. The purpose of celebrating Water Day is to understand the importance and usefulness of water in life and to pay attention to water conservation. This year the theme of World Water Day is ‘Accelerating Change’. (Accelerating Change).

Importance of Water in Hinduism

World Water Day is celebrated in all countries and by people of all religions. But water has special religious significance in Hinduism. That’s why at the beginning of any worship, purification is done by sprinkling pure water and an urn filled with water is installed. In Hindu religion, the river is also worshiped as a mother. Along with worship, the importance of water is also found in many mantras and verses. The importance of water has also been described in the Adigranths and Puranas.

  • It is said in the Puranas that the weight of water on the earth is 10 times more than that of the earth.
  • It is said that, bhava, mantra, copper Pot and basil water also becomes holy.
  • The water of river Ganga is considered the most sacred water. Vedas, Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata describe the glory of Ganga in all religious texts.
  • It is said in Shivpuran that Lord Shiva himself is water.

It is said in the Matsya Purana-

Sharad Kale Sthitham Yat Syat Dukta Faldayakam
Vajpayati Rajabhayan Hemante Shishire Sthitham >
Adhwamegha sanyam praha vasanta samaye sthitam
Greeshmaapi tatshitam toyam raj suyad vishisyate.

It means that, in the reservoir Water remains only till the rainy season, which is going to give the fruit of Agnistrot Yagya for a limited period. The water that remains till the period of Hemant and Shishir gives the fruit of Yagya like Vajpayee and Atiram. The water that remains till spring gives results like Ashwamedha Yagya and the water that lasts till summer gives results like Rajasuya Yagya. This is the reason why water is important in spiritual and religious rituals in Hindu culture. The importance of water has been emphasized in the Vedas, Upanishads, Smritis and Niti texts.

Rigveda states-

Apsvantaramritmapsu bheshajampamut Prashastaye.
Deva Bhavat Vajin:.

It means- O Gods, knowing the nectar and medicine present in the water for your progress Become knowledgeable by the use of water.

Maharishi Vedvyas ji says in the meeting of Mahabharata-

Atmapradanam saumyatvambhadyashchaivopjivanam. Self-sacrifice, gentleness and giving life to others should be learned from water.

These fasts and festivals are associated with the importance of water

  • Akshaya Tritiya But donating by filling water in an earthen vessel is important. Donating water on this day gives inexhaustible virtue.
  • Making a pyau on Vaishakh Ekadashi gives results equal to crores of Mahayagyas.
  • Water has to be sacrificed during Nirjala Ekadashi fast. . The utility of water and the importance of water is known by this fast.
  • Bathing in holy rivers on full moon and new moon days has special significance.

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Disclaimer:  The information provided here is based on assumptions and information only. It is necessary to mention here that does not confirm any kind of recognition, information. Before acting on any information or belief, seek relevant expert advice.

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