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Concept of Tirthas or Holy Water Bodies

Tirthas, or Teerthas, are holy rivers, lakes, ponds, water bodies near a temple or in a sacred spot and is famous for the holy and divine nature of the water. These water bodies are known as Tirtha. A water body becomes sacred after being connected to a divine incident or a holy saint bathing in it or due to miracle or finding something in it associated with a Hindu deity. There are also Tirthas that are mentioned in the Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and other epics.
Earlier the Tirtha included holy persons and even pious devotees. Thus a person who had studied the Vedas was a Tirtha. Padma Purana refers to the teacher, mother, father husband, wife all as tirthas. In Rig Veda, a tirtha was a shallow area of a river.
But later Tirthas became associated with a holy water body. Thus the Skanda Purana says that a place on earth resorted to by the ancient good men for the collection of merit is called tirtha.
The Brahma Purana classifies tirthas into four categories such as Deva, Asura…

Book: English Version of Bhaja Govindam of Shree Adi Shankara Bhagavatpadacharya

Written by Adi Shankaracharya, Bhaja Govindam is a very popular devotional song in Hindu Religion. The 31 stanza composition in Sanskrit is more than a devotional composition. Each word in Bhaja Govindam is pregnant with meaning and the composition is a sort of short synopsis of the teachings of Santana Dharma. Now K P Rathnakara Bhatta has translated Bhaja Govindam into English.There is a transliteration of the 31 stanzas along with explanation of each stanza. Here is an excerpt from the book – the transliteration and meaning of the first stanzaBhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam
Govindam Bhaja Moodhamathe
Sampraapthe Sannihithe Kaale
Nahi Nahi Rakshathi DukrnkaraneWorship wisdom Worship Wisdom
Worship Wisdom Childish Mind
When the death is clearly nearing
None will rescue thee, please mindBhaja means to worship, Govinda means the wisdom, the supreme wealth. Human beings face various types of death due to ignorance alone. Therefore it is advised to worship wisdom and except wisdom nothing will c…