It has to
be clarified here that though panchapatre
refers to five vessels, many temples call each vessel
a panchapatre or arghya patre. Hence, the
term panchapatre can indicate a set of
five vessels or one vessel forming a part thereof.
A vessel which, more or less,
serves the above purpose in a Srivaishnava temple
is the Snapana battalu or the gundu
battalu (battalu means vessel). Distinctively
shaped, it is used as a container for sanctified
water earmarked for distribution among the devotees.
It can either be plain or can have the Srivaishnava
insignia on it.
500-year-old heavy copper panchapatre