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. Swapnali says:

    Can we keep kalash in temple everyday? If yes how frequently do we need to change the kalash , water,betelnut. Coconut, and mango leaves

  2. 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.

  3. Rashmi Chodda says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. what will do the coconut after kalasha pooja?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Stavita says:

    What will do the coconut after kalasa puja

  10. Vaasavadatta says:

    what to do with kalash after pooja is done

  11. Gagandeep says:

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

  12. Rachana says:

    where do you keep kalash in ganesh puja

  13. Toshan says:

    when to keep a kalash in the new house

  14. Bhadrashree says:

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

  15. Gulab says:

    what do you do with vastu kalash water

  16. Trimaan says:

    significance of putting kalash and coconut in a new house

  17. Kamalavati says:

    What can i do Laxmi kalash water after pooja

  18. Pratiksha says:

    what should we do with satyanarayana pooja kalash water

  19. Arshia says:

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  20. Praful says:

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  21. Sutantu says:

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  22. Jayant says:

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  23. Nishthha says:

    which direction we should place coconut in kalash

  24. Rajaneesh says:

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  25. Trishulank says:

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  26. Chapal says:

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  27. Pavan says:

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  28. Randhir says:

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  29. Puran says:

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  30. Sarvavas says:

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  31. Rohak says:

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  32. Samvar says:

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  33. Arpan says:

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  34. Madnashini says:

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  35. Atmanand says:

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  36. Tulsi says:

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  37. Vaman says:

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  38. Naimish Nairit says:

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  39. Oditi says:

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  40. Dharmik says:

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  41. Svayambhu says:

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  42. Chandeedaas says:

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  43. Shashish says:

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  44. Devang says:

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  45. Suyamun says:

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  46. Akhilesh says:

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  47. Tapasi says:

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  48. Sagardutt says:

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  49. Svitra says:

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  50. Rajshri says:

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  51. Dharmik says:

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  52. Kajol says:

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  53. Pundalik says:

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  54. Kankalini says:

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  55. Paavak says:

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  56. Ramakrishna says:

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  57. Dayita says:

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  58. Ashwaghosh says:

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  59. Trilokchand says:

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  60. Amrapali says:

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  61. Suvali says:

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  62. Anuroop says:

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  63. Vikyath says:

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  64. Tarachand says:

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  65. Ridhima says:

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  66. Rupendra says:

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  67. Ramakanta says:

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  68. Phanindranath says:

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  69. Lukesh says:

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

  70. Udipta says:

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  71. Rasaraj says:

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  72. Varya says:

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  73. Mandhatri says:

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  74. Anshumaan says:

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  75. Adeela says:

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  76. Nimita says:

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  77. Digant says:

    can we put water in mandir in kalash

  78. Yahvi says:

    how many kalash do you need for wedding

  79. tav says:

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