This is perhaps why all water bodies are deeply revered as one’s mother in the tradition. ‘Ponds’ in this context, are central for nourishing the rich ecosystem of life that inhabit it.
A Hindu temple is never alone. It is never just the creation of man. It is always in a trivenī (confluence of three) - a great temple, a sacred pond and a sacred forest. Every year, the Temple Deity is taken to the Pond and bathed - much like each of us do. A ceremony is performed to evoke the feeling of cleansing and purification in all our hearts!
The pond is also the seat of the Divine Lotus Flower! Bhāratīya Paramparā cannot emphasize enough the symbolism of the Lotus Flower - it represents that part of us that remains unaffected by the surroundings in which it blooms.
Note that the Lotus Flower only grows among the pond’s silt - much like all of us who live in the darkness of Avidyā (ignorance), but deeply hold the aspiration to grow towards the light, beyond the malama (impurities, deterrents).
Yogic texts state that this Divine Light dwells within the Lotus in our heart-center. This light is an effulgence of our radiant being!
The highest aspiration for each of us, therefore, is to realize this Divinity, this gift that we are born with, that is resting within us, by providing it with the required conditions to flower.
The Vedic Pond seeks to be the facilitator of this inner unfolding for young minds - much like a Temple Pond, which is a nourishing space for the Lotus Flower to bloom.
This is enabled through embodying and promoting Dhārmic Values in all endeavours.