Temple tanks are also known as Temple pond, Temple wells or reservoirs which would form part of the temples. They are also called as pushkarini, kalyani, kunda, sarovara, and tirtha.
Some temple tanks are considered as very pious and holy, and they are meant to cure various diseases of the devotees, when they take bath. Since ancient times, the temple tanks add beauty to the temple art and architecture. The temple tanks would be properly utilized during the times of Pitru Tharpanam ceremony on Mahalaya Amavasya Day, and also during the time of consecration ceremony of the temples.
The water contained in the temple tank is considered as sacred similar to the water contained in the Holy Ganges River.Most of the temple tanks were built by the ancient kings, at the time of construction of temples.The tank present in the Rajagopalaswamy Temple, Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu is one of the largest temple tanks in India.
Temple tanks were constructed near the Hindu temples in order to perform bathing and purifying ourselves before worshipping the almighty in the temples. Some temple tanks are also used for immersing the idols of Lord Vinayaka during Vinayaka Chaturthi. In Chennai, the Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple Tank is considered as very famous, and lot of devotees would gather at this sacred tank, during Amavasya Days.In some of the temples, the temple tanks are not maintained properly.
Ancient kings considered the temples and temple tanks as the abode of the almighty, and they have put their full efforts to maintain it properly. Temple tanks are considered as very sacred, and it is our duty to properly dispose the dirt from the tank, and to make it pure. Some social welfare volunteers are engaged in the activity of cleaning the temple tanks during weekends. We can also try to participate in the noble act, and by doing that, we would get the grace of the almighty, and also we would get peace of mind.