Kalasha Puja purpose, why do we worship the Kalasha?

Kalasha Puja, Ghatashtapana puja or Kalasa Sthapana pujan, is the prominent ritual in any puja of Hinduism. What is the purpose of Kalasha puja? Why do we worship the Kalasha?

Kalasha is a brass, mud, or copper pot filled with water or rice. Mango leaves are kept on the pot and a coconut is placed over it. In some areas, a red cloth or green cloth is covered around the coconut. Some threads are also tied around the pot. Devotees decorate the pot with kumkum (vermillion), haldi, and some other decorative items. Such pot is referred to as Kalasha.

Purnakumbha is the pot which is filled with water or rice. It represents the inner meaning of full-fledged life of a living thing, in common human being. The outer body which is filled with divine feel will fulfill the Supreme words – Aatma and Paramatma.

Kalasha Puja is the most popular and revered ritual during grihapravesh (house warming ceremony), vivah (marriage / wedding), Navratri Durga Puja, Diwali Lakshmi Puja, and in temple festivals like Kumbhabhishekam, Brahmotsavam, etc.

Why do we worship Kalasha? The water in the kalasha represents the primordial water from which the entire creation emerged. Water is the giver of life and the source of all forms and objects of the creation. The mango leaves symbolize the creation. The threads signify the love and peace that bins everything in creation.

We worship Gods and Goddesses, and love our parents, brothers, sisters, wife, children, relatives, friends, and well wishers, but we would not worship the creation and the universe from which we are emerged and in which we are living. To accomplish the worship of everything in our universe, Kalasha Sthapana puja and Kalasha Puja is performed during any puja.

Kalasha Sthapana Vidhi

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  1. subhamanuramasekharam says:

    I saw a person in navratra place a akhand dep on clay dep filled with seeds on top of kalash in place of coconut and coconut are placed seprately on platel on side is it right way to worship in navratra.

  2. Rashmi Chodda says:

    Why the red cloth is tied around the coconut. What is the significance of this?

  3. harishchandramouli says:

    Copper, brass or mud pot, which is filled with water. Coconut is placed over the pot and mango leaves are placed around the mouth of the pot. A white or red thread is tied around its neck, sometimes all around the pot in a complex diamond shaped pattern. At times the pot is also decorated, such kind of a pot is known as a kalasha.

  4. Minal B Shah says:

    U can tie the coconut in the red cloth and hang it in the kitchen or hall in the hook on the ceiling

  5. what will do the coconut after kalasha pooja?

  6. I heard about an interesting theory behind the Kalasha puja and its significance in Kumbaabhishekam that taken place every 12 years in temples. The Kalasha is adorned with rice inside which has the capablity to store energy and it has the capability to store this energy for 12 years. Hence the Kumbaabhishekam is conducted to replace the exhausted rice with fresh grains.

  7. bhavana says:

    hi
    I come from kannada speaking balija family. my mother law keep kalash every day and she changes it on Thursday night for Friday morning pooja the coconut of kalash is used for making chutney only veg items. in kalash you put dry fruits if u have one silver or gold coin. change it once a week.

  8. Stavita says:

    What will do the coconut after kalasa puja

  9. Vaasavadatta says:

    what to do with kalash after pooja is done

  10. Gagandeep says:

    after pooja what we have to do with the coconut kept on kalash

  11. Rachana says:

    where do you keep kalash in ganesh puja

  12. Toshan says:

    when to keep a kalash in the new house

  13. Bhadrashree says:

    can v go out if v have done ganesh satapana at home

  14. Gulab says:

    what do you do with vastu kalash water

  15. Trimaan says:

    significance of putting kalash and coconut in a new house

  16. Kamalavati says:

    What can i do Laxmi kalash water after pooja

  17. Pratiksha says:

    what should we do with satyanarayana pooja kalash water

  18. Arshia says:

    did kalash is good to keep at home temple

  19. Praful says:

    what is the importance of kalash during hindu marriage

  20. Sutantu says:

    how to do kalash puja for griha pravesh

  21. Jayant says:

    where to keep a kalash in pooja mandir at home

  22. Nishthha says:

    which direction we should place coconut in kalash

  23. Rajaneesh says:

    how many kalasha we can keep in home

  24. Trishulank says:

    what is the significance of keeping kalasa while pooja timings

  25. Chapal says:

    How long we should kept kalasha in home

  26. Pavan says:

    how to make the lakshmi kalash at home

  27. Randhir says:

    can we keep mud pot as kalasha during laxmi pooja

  28. Puran says:

    can we keep kalash and do puja daily

  29. Sarvavas says:

    how often should we change coconut on kalash

  30. Rohak says:

    what to do with water pot in grah pravesh

  31. Samvar says:

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  32. Arpan says:

    how to do kalash sthapana for new office

  33. Madnashini says:

    how to cover coconut with cloth in kalash

  34. Atmanand says:

    how to do griha pravesh vidhi gujarati kalash

  35. Tulsi says:

    which direction should we place the kalash at the time of grah pravesh

  36. Vaman says:

    in hindu puja what does the kalasa signify

  37. Naimish Nairit says:

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  38. Oditi says:

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  39. Dharmik says:

    according to hindu rituals what should be done with a kalash after pooja

  40. Svayambhu says:

    can we keep kalasha dailey in pooja purpus?

  41. Chandeedaas says:

    when to do kalash pooja after buying new house

  42. Shashish says:

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  43. Devang says:

    how to do puja everyday and guidance on kalash in temple

  44. Suyamun says:

    can we worship ripe mango in kalasa pooja

  45. Akhilesh says:

    procedure for kalash puja with wishes in marathi

  46. Tapasi says:

    what is the importance of kalash with coconut in daily worship

  47. Sagardutt says:

    can we keep only kalash on grih pravesh

  48. Svitra says:

    how to place kalash at home for the marriage purpose

  49. Rajshri says:

    which direction to copper pot for new house puja

  50. Dharmik says:

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  51. Kajol says:

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  52. Pundalik says:

    How to make a kalash for daily puja

  53. Kankalini says:

    where to keep water kalash in home temple

  54. Paavak says:

    what is the best dercion to puja we can do

  55. Ramakrishna says:

    what to do with kalash water after pooja

  56. Dayita says:

    what to do with navratri kalash coconut after navami

  57. Ashwaghosh says:

    what we do the coconut after navratra puja at home

  58. Trilokchand says:

    whay happens with water in kalash of navratre

  59. Amrapali says:

    what to do with kalash nariyal after puja

  60. Suvali says:

    tell me about the significance of kalash in pooja

  61. Anuroop says:

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  62. Vikyath says:

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  63. Tarachand says:

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  64. Ridhima says:

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  65. Rupendra says:

    how to do kalash pooja at of a shop

  66. Ramakanta says:

    kalash filled with rice for new bride meaning

  67. Phanindranath says:

    home kund pot of copper for puja in marathi language

  68. Lukesh says:

    what is the meaning of rice in the kalash at griha pravesh

  69. Udipta says:

    griha pravesh and kalash pooja vidhi in marathi

  70. Rasaraj says:

    shubh muharat of ghat sthapana on 11th april 2013

  71. Varya says:

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  72. Mandhatri says:

    shubh muhurat for kalash sthapana in new home on 18 april 2013

  73. Anshumaan says:

    meaning of kalash filled with rice in hindi

  74. Adeela says:

    what do you do with rice water after kalash pooja

  75. Nimita says:

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  76. Digant says:

    can we put water in mandir in kalash

  77. Yahvi says:

    how many kalash do you need for wedding

  78. tav says:

    what we will do with the water in the kalash after the puja