By Swami Harshananda
Praṇītā literally means ‘fetched water’.
In the Darśapurṇamāsa sacrifice, puroḍāśa cakes are offered. The water that is used for preparing the dough has to be brought in a camasa purified with pavitras or darbha grass from the north of the Gārhapatya fire to the north of the Āhavanīya fire with the chanting of certain mantras. This process is called praṇītāpraṇayana. Here waters is referred to as praṇītā.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore