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.

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  1. Puran says:

    can we keep kalash and do puja daily

  2. Randhir says:

    can we keep mud pot as kalasha during laxmi pooja

  3. Pavan says:

    how to make the lakshmi kalash at home

  4. Chapal says:

    How long we should kept kalasha in home

  5. Trishulank says:

    what is the significance of keeping kalasa while pooja timings

  6. Rajaneesh says:

    how many kalasha we can keep in home

  7. Nishthha says:

    which direction we should place coconut in kalash

  8. Jayant says:

    where to keep a kalash in pooja mandir at home

  9. Sutantu says:

    how to do kalash puja for griha pravesh

  10. Praful says:

    what is the importance of kalash during hindu marriage

  11. Arshia says:

    did kalash is good to keep at home temple

  12. Pratiksha says:

    what should we do with satyanarayana pooja kalash water

  13. Kamalavati says:

    What can i do Laxmi kalash water after pooja

  14. Trimaan says:

    significance of putting kalash and coconut in a new house

  15. Gulab says:

    what do you do with vastu kalash water

  16. Bhadrashree says:

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

  17. Toshan says:

    when to keep a kalash in the new house

  18. Rachana says:

    where do you keep kalash in ganesh puja

  19. Gagandeep says:

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

  20. Vaasavadatta says:

    what to do with kalash after pooja is done

  21. Stavita says:

    What will do the coconut after kalasa puja

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. what will do the coconut after kalasha pooja?

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. Rashmi Chodda says:

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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