Definition of tirtha in English:


(also tirth)


  • A Hindu place of pilgrimage, especially one by a river or lake.

    • ‘For the temple, so the Brahmins will tell you, is a tirtha, a crossing place, linking the profane to the sacred.’
    • ‘These tirthas are spiritual crossings where the river of this earthly life may be safely forded to the far shore of immortality.’
    • ‘Sojourns in tirthas, which are meritorious and which constitute one of the high mysteries of the rishis, are even superior to sacrifices.’
    • ‘‘Pilgrimage to Gosainkund,’ for example, is a late 18 th-century painting that shows villages and temples on the way to this tirtha, a sacred lake to Lord Siva, located at 16,000 feet.’
    • ‘There are six other tirthas in India, but none as powerful and auspicious as this.’
    holy place, temple, church, chapel, tabernacle, altar, sanctuary, sanctum
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Hindi tīrtha.