What is the importance of charanamrit in religious ceremonies?
The word charanamrit comprises two words, charan and amrit. Charan means feet and amrit is the celestial nectar that makes one immortal Together the words means nectar of God's feet.
In all temples after the morning and evening arti, charanamrit is given. Even after a religious ceremony, charanamrit is served to all present. Charanamrit is normally kept in a copper vessel, as copper has many curative qualities. Ayurveda and homoeopathic practitioners have confirmed this. Copper cures spasmodic pains. It is believed that drinking water stored in a copper vessel improves intellect, memory and wisdom. When served in temples a few crushed leaves of tulsi are added. Tulsi too has great medicinal qualities.
Devotees accept charanamrit in the palm of the right hand supported by the left.
In the Ramayana, Ayodhyakand, Doha 101, Tulsidas has said:
When Kewat washed the feet of Sri Rama and accepted the water as charanamrit, not only did he attain salvation, but his forefathers also attained it.