By Swami Harshananda
Tarpaṇa literally means ‘satiating’.
Significance of Tarpaṇa
Ritual of Tarpaṇa
While still standing in water after bathing in a river or tank, one has to offer water thrice taking it in the joined palms of hand, with appropriate mantras, to all the beings of creation from Brahmā to a blade of grass.
Tarpaṇa as per Manusmrti
Tarpaṇa to devas, pitṛs and ṛṣis is a compulsory part of the daily routine of every brahmacārin. The water may sometimes be mixed with sesame. Such tarpaṇa is said to satiate the gods, manes and sages to whom it is offered.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore