Punyaha Vachanam


Punyahavachanam is a karma to make ourselves pure as well as the surroundings before making any vaidika karma. The aim of the ritual is to remove specifically defined uncleanliness prior to a particular type of activity, and especially prior to the worship of a deity. Uncleanliness is not identical with ordinary physical impurity, such as dirt stains; nevertheless, body fluids are generally considered ritually unclean. Cleanliness is considered as an important characteristic of religious life. Cleanliness is both external and internal. Seeing God (Darsanam), singing His praise, sprinkling the Holy Water (Prokshana) after worship (Punyaha Vachanam) and drinking the holy water are all said to clean the devotee both externally and internally.