KALASHA – A Generic Receptacle
Hindu tradition has great impact all over the world. It depicts the different shades worshipping gods which reflects the colorful aura. The word Generic means “The rituals which is according to the time and description sections”. Mostly the day of celebration begins early sun-rise till the evening sunset.
Importance of Kalasha: Kalasha or kalasa (Sanskrit word) puja is the important ritual in Hindu tradition. Moreover it is important in south India. Kalasha is a brass or silver (metal) pot with a large base and small mouth where it holds the coconut. It is symbolized as “Goddess Devi” in most pujas.
Kalasa puja is important ceremony in Navrati days of celebrations.
Requirements for Kalasha puja: This represents the material things which nurtures and nourishes life, and pleasure aspects of fertility.
- Brass/silver pot,
- Turmeric powder
- Kumkum powder
- Mango leaves
- Dried fruits
- A piece of unstitched cloth(vastarm)
Here few materials have value of respect and devotion of importance. For example; Mango leaves is considered as “Kama-goddess of love”. Coconut is a cash crop describes prosperity and power. Water in pot means life giving motion of nature.
Kalasha is viewed as the auspicious object in Jainism. Two eyes are depicted around the kalasha, which means right faith and right knowledge. This was 1st appeared during kushan Empire period!