Why fire is called Paavaka

अपावनानि सर्वाणि वह्निसंसर्गतः क्षणात् | पावनानि भवन्त्येव तस्माद्यः पावकः स्मृतः || 65 ||

Everything impure/unholy in contact with fire for an instant becomes pure/holy. That is why (it is) called Paavaka.

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