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