Ablution

ablution [ uh'-BLOO-shuh'n ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 a washing or cleansing of the body, especially for religious reasons
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The Hindu religion lays great stress on performing ablutions.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 In the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, where thousands of devotees gathered to celebrate the birthday of one of the religion's most important gurus, there was not enough water available for the pre-prayer ablutions.

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