Hinduism is a colorful yet unique religion with ample rituals and customs. Worshipping Kalash is one of the Hindu rituals that define the uniqueness of our devotion. In Hindu households and Hindu temples, you may see a ‘Kalash’ in-front of the deity. So, what is Kalash and why Hindus worship Kalash?
Kalash is a sacred pot, usually made of brass, clay, or copper and contains water (mostly Ganga Jal or holy water). Five mango leaves placed in the orifice of the pot and coconut or banana put on top of it. The Swastik symbol (ancient Hindu symbol) is drawn in the pot with kumkum. Sometimes a red sacred thread knotted around its neck.
Hindus place these sacred Kalashas in the entrance of their houses as a symbol of welcome. It plays a vital role in Hindu weddings and other major festivals.
“Purnakumbha”, or the pot filled with rice or water, describes our slothful body. The Kalash is very auspicious. The water on the pot signifies the pristine water from which the entire creation has begun. It is called ‘the giver of life’. The leaves and the coconut represents the Creation, and the thread represents the love that binds all the creations unitedly.
While Samudra Manthan, when the Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons) were churning the milky ocean, the Lord appeared with ‘Amrita’ or the pot of nectar– the symbolic blessing of one’s immortality.
Therefore, Hindus worship the Kalash to attain the immortal blessing, and you must also do the same.
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