A new research article on Tantra coauthored by me and Michael Reading has just been published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Dharma Studies.  The paper examines the Tantric ritual of the pouring of water from an arghyapatra from cultural, philosophical, and religious perspectives as practiced in Nepal and India. We argue that the range of symbolic meanings within this ritual for multiple reasons goes far beyond its purely physical representation. On the part of the sadhaka there is indeed fertile ground for creatively perceiving the key elements of the ritual, which include water taking on a variety of new and expanded meanings, and the arghyapatra device itself representing the yoni and womb of the Goddess, to which the practitioner attempts a sacred return.

In you are interested in the topic, you may read the article here:

Return to the womb: feminine creative imagery of arghya in a Tantric ritual