Why Indian temples have ponds near them?

Meenakshi Temple Pond
Ponds near Indian temples

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Ponds near Indian temples

Normally at every temple and pilgrim place in India, there exists a holy pond. This water body or pond is called Teertham or Koneru or Pushkarini. Most of the newly built temples don’t have this pond. If we observe ancient temples, the pond will be there for sure and a story follows with it. And most of the famous temples were built along the river banks. So, what is the connection between water bodies and temples? Why there are ponds at ancient temples of India?


2. The spiritual significance of Temple Tank or pond or teertham

Temples provide a peaceful environment with Vedic chants and ringing bells. People observe silence in the temple instead of blabbering. Adding to this presence of water bodies in the temple gives a soothing effect. Water is the source of life and it resembles energy. Water is said to be absorbing positive energy. The energy of vedic chants and rituals reside in the temple pond or sacred pond or teertham. Touching or bathing in those sacred waters will give new energy. That is why temples are built with water ponds or beside river banks.

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