In temples, Devotees often receive 'teertham' which comes in various forms. Sometimes it is just plain water mixed with camphor or at times it is something as rich as 'pachamrut'. What does it signify? And is there a specific gesture in which devotees have to accept it?
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Theertham is usually the water with which the deity has been washed, or done 'abhishekam' with . It can contain tulsi (Basil leaves), sometimes milk, sometimes camphor and water. Hence usually, it is interchangeably used with charnamrit.
One has to receive it with both hands, and avoid spillage on the ground, as it is assumed to be holy.