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Amrit in Hinduism – The concept of Amrita



Amrit in Hinduism is the nectar that provides immortality. The earliest reference to Amrita is found in the Rig Veda. It is referred to as the drink of Devas, or demigods in the Puranas.

The most famous incident associated with Amrita is the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan.
Devas, demigods, and asuras, demons, join hand to churn the ocean and retrieve Amrita.

As per yoga, amrita is a fluid that is produced in a very rare deep state of meditation. It flows from the pituitary gland to the throat.

Mohini Avatar of Vishnu appeared to make sure that only Devas received the Amrita and not the Asuras.

Garuda is believed to have stolen Amrita to secure his and his mother’s freedom.

It is believed that Kusha Grass appeared when Amrita fell on the ground.

Amrit is also associated with the observance of the Kumbh Mela ritual.

The story of Grahan or eclipse in Hinduism is also associated with the quest for Amrit.

Symbolically amrit in Hinduism represents self realization. We are torn between good and bad. When we are able to rise above the good and bad we attain Amrita.

When the mind, freed from contact with objects and confined in the heart, reaches nonbeing, then that is the Supreme State. (states the Amrita Bindu Upanishad)