I came across in Lord Shiva context, where Narada muni told Mata Parvati to get rid of 16 toxicities and purify yourself, can somebody please throw light upon this concept?

Source: Devon Ke Dev Mahadev-Chapter 4 Episode 162 at 7:00 Where Narad Muni helps Parvati to get rid of 16 impurities.

  • Either such serial are misguiding us or they have done thorough research better than us. *
  • Are you sure that it's 16 impurities and not 12?
    – Rickross
    Aug 23, 2018 at 12:47
  • yeah 16 impurities. Aug 23, 2018 at 13:32
  • Oh the impurities of the body only or those of even mind and soul? Do u have any links where u have found this?
    – Rickross
    Aug 23, 2018 at 14:19
  • @Rickross I heard via mouth and second I saw it in tv series, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, season 4 episodes I am looking for a person to sue them for misinformation. Aug 23, 2018 at 14:25
  • Oh don't know in what context it was said but I know about the 12 impurities of the body as the Manu verse says.
    – Rickross
    Aug 23, 2018 at 14:28

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A partial answer ...

There are actually only 12 impurities of a human body.

Blood, tears, ear wax, phlegm, sweat, urine etc are considered as the 12 impurities of the human body as per Manu Smriti.

See the following verses:

Manu Smriti 5.134. In order to cleanse (the organs) by which urine and faeces are ejected, earth and water must be used, as they may be required, likewise in removing the (remaining ones among) twelve impurities of the body

Manu smriti 5.135. Oily exudations, semen, blood, (the fatty substance of the) brain, urine, faeces, the mucus of the nose, ear-wax, phlegm, tears, the rheum of the eyes, and sweat are the twelve impurities of human (bodies).

Now, from this page we get the commentary of Medhatithi on 5.135 (mentioned as 5.133 in the linked page). From there we also get to know about a similar verse found in Vishnu Smriti.

Viṣṇu (22.81).—‘Adeps, semen, blood, dandruff, urine, faeces, ear-wax, nail-parings, phlegm, tears, rheum, and sweat are the twelve impure excretions from the body.’

And, Atri Smriti too has a similar verse:

Fat, semen, blood, marrow, urine, excreta, dirt of the ears, nails, phlegm, bones, dirt of the eye, and drops of perspiration, these twelve are the dirts of men.

Atri Smriti 1.31

  • what's difference between mucus and phelgm ? what's fatty substance of brain ?
    – ram
    Aug 25, 2018 at 3:08
  • See the Sanskrit words used in the original from here: wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/… @ram
    – Rickross
    Aug 25, 2018 at 6:07
  • @UdayKrishna Blood is considered impure only when it comes in touch with the sense organ of touch i.e skin. Blood can not be considered impure when it's flowing in the veins. Because otherwise the body can not ever be made pure. So, if there's a cut and blood oozes out only then it is impure to touch.
    – Rickross
    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:44
  • As per medical science, blood is becoming impure, all the time..due to air pollution, infections, climate changes etc etc.That was my point.Could have bettered ny communication, by using, the term medical science..in the first instance! Aug 26, 2018 at 6:57

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