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A holy water container (stoup) at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Rome

Holy water is water that has been blessed by a member of the clergy or a religious figure. The use for cleansing prior to a baptism and spiritual cleansing is common in several religions, from Christianity to Sikhism.

The use of holy water as a sacramental for protection against evil is common among Anglicans, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Christians.

In Hinduism, water represents God in a spiritual sense which is the central theme in Mantra Pushpam from Taithreeya Aranyakam of Yajur Veda. Bathing in holy water is, thus, a key element in Hinduism, and the Ganges is considered the holiest Hindu river.

The Sunni Muslim variety of holy water is the Zamzam water that comes from a spring by The Kaaba.

The drinking of "healing water" (āb-i shifā) is a practice in various denominations of Shia Islam.

Sikhs use the Punjabi term amrita (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ) for the holy water used in the baptism ceremony known as Amrit Sanskar or Amrit Chhakhna.

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