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To take bath.
Agni Puraan, 14, says that Snaan are of 6 types -
Then there are six types of secondary baths too (Gaun Snaan). These are - Mantra Snaan, Baum Snaan, Aagneya Snaan, Vaasaveeya Snaan, Divya Snaan and Maanas Snaan.
(2) There are some auspicious months in which people take bath before sunrise, in Teerth places or in special or ordinary rivers in special places, they worship specific Devtaa, listen to scriptures, light a lamp before the Deity (or for example at the root of Tulasee plant in Kaarttik month) - these baths are also called Snaan, such as Kaarttik Snaan, Maagh Snaan etc.
(3) To bathe. According to
Bhavishya Puraan, 1/19, Snaan is called when 100 Pal (approximately 6 Kilograms and 20 Grams) water or
Panchaamrit is used to bathe Devtaa. Abhyang Snaan is called when 25 Pal approximately 1 and 1/2 Kilogram) water
is used to bathe. Mahaa-Snaan is called when 2,000 Pal (approximately 124 Kilogram) water is used to
bathe - normally to bathe Devtaa's idol, this measurement is given in reference to bathe
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11