Amrita, also known as Amrit, means ‘immortality’ and is in many a mythological tales, referred to as ‘nectar’. As goes the tale of the Samudra Manthan, amrita was a substance that came out of the depths of the oceans, as a result of churning the waters. It came in the hands of Dhanavrati and enabled both gods & demons alike the power of immortality. It is said that four drops of this nectar, fell in Allahabad, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain, cleansing them.
On certain auspicious days, it is believed that when the rains fall onto these places, bathing and drinking such water causes an increase in longevity of one’s life.
The concept of ‘Amrita’ is not just believed due to mythological stories though. It is said that this magical nectar passes through the pituitary gland and into the back of the throat when one practices meditation at high stages. A special Mudra in meditation practices called ‘Kechari’, is practiced to produce this substance in the body. It is believed by many in practice of this mudra that when the amrita flows in the body, it helps prevent disease and keep the body strong as well as fit, which is as close to immortality as we can get in the human world!