In the scriptures, Kalash Darshan is deliberated equivalent to Dev Darshan. With the pronounced verses and the feeling in the hearts of the people at the time of setting up the Kalash, it is evident that why the Kalash is auspicious. While putting up the Kalash and worshiping it, the learned priest says something like this while touching its various parts.
What is Kalash and its worship
Varuna and Agni are thought-out to be the actual gods. The symbol of Varuna is Aquarius. Seeing the Kumbh (a pitcher), one remembers the tale of the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). The incident is connected with Shri Krishna's Bal Leela and the churning of the ocean. The story of distributing the Amrit between gods and demons at the hands of Mohini is remembered. As per the scriptures, Kalash Darshan is the same as Dev Darshan or worshipping the Gods. With the uttered verses and the feelings expressed at the time of setting up the Kalash, it becomes clear why the Kalash is auspicious.
Importance of Kalash
During worship, the Kalash is seen as like the Amrit Kalash. The Kalash, which was taken out during the Samudra Manthan, is also supposed to be used in worship. The Kalash is placed differently in different pujas. A monolithic lamp and coconut are placed on the Kalash during the time of the Navratras.
Use of kalash in Pooja
Worshipping a Kalash is just like the worship of the Gods. The mantras chanted and the emotions felt at the Kalash establishment make it evident why the pitcher (Kalash) is considered sacred.
There is a lot of importance given to worship in Hinduism. The Kalash is kept during the worship; there are numerous beliefs behind it, but have you ever tried to know why it is done. If you are uninformed of this, we will tell you why the Kalash is kept during worship.
The Kalash is for positive wishes; placing coconut on the Kalash or Kumbh doubles its beauty. Moreover, it is said that just as Lord Ganesha is worshiped before the initiation of any work, the Kalash is also worshiped before starting any important work.
Whenever we do any worship in the house, there is a Kalash. It is the primary symbol of Indian culture, which is why in all auspicious events, Punyaavachan is done in the presence of the Kalash.
The mythological implication of putting up a Kalash
At the time of Navratri, people do all kinds of fasting, vrat, bhajans, worship, etc., to escalate their spiritual and mental powers. At this instance, while worshiping the Goddess in the temples begins, alternatively, the devotees worship her for nine days with complete devotion by setting up Kalash in their homes. The Kalash is established on the occasion of special auspicious like Grah Pravesh, the opening of new business, New Year, Diwali Puja, etc.
What is the importance of Putting up a Kalash?
The Kalash is a distinct vessel with a broad and round trunk, and the mouth is a little tight. As per the mythological belief, Vishnu resides in the mouth of the Kalash, Mahesh in the throat, and Brahma is in the root, and in the middle of the Kalash resides the powers of the Shakti. Therefore, the Kalash is put up as a symbol of the power of deities, places of pilgrimage, etc.
It is considered ominous to put a Kalash without water in the scriptures. For this reason, water, betel leaves, mango leaves, saffron, akshat, kumkum, durva-kush, betel nut, flowers, cotton, coconut, grains, etc., are kept on the Kalash for worship. This brings not only happiness and prosperity but also positivity to the people.
What should the Kalash be made of?
One can keep Kalash of Gold, Silver, Clay, and Copper in worship. But the Kalash made of Iron should not be kept in worship.
Materials for setting up the Kalash
Clay pot, red aasan, barley, sand to keep under the Kalash, Kalash, molly, clove, camphor, vermilion, whole betel nut, rice, five leaves of Ashoka or Mango, Coconut, chunri, vermilion, fruits and flowers Goddesses’ adornment and flower garland.
Water in the Kalash
Water, grains, etc., are kept in the Kalash, indicating purity. Holy water is a symbol of the fact that our mind should remain pure and cool like water. May our minds be filled with faith, fluidity, compassion, and simplicity. There is no scope for rage, gluttony, worldly pleasures, envy, jealousy, hatred, etc.
The Swastika symbol made on the Kalash is a symbol of our four stages. Childhood, youth, adulthood, and old age.
Coconut is kept on top of the Kalash when setting up the Kalash. As per the scriptures, it gives us good results. The coconut on top of the Kalash is also seen as signifying Lord Ganesha.
The coconut should always be kept in such a way that its face should be towards the devotee. The face of the coconut is at the end from where it is attached to the branch of the tree.
Durva-kush, betel nut, flower
The Durva-Kush, betel nut, flower put in the Kalash shows the feeling that our capability has vigor like Durva (Dub), brilliance like Kush, stability like betel nut, happiness like a flower, and omniscient potentials like water.
Tradition: Why is Kalash established on any auspicious occasion in Hinduism?
A Kalash full of water is kept at the beginning of any good or religious work. Different things are associated with this tradition.
The establishment of Kalash in religious occasions is done because, as per mythology, Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh and the powers of the Shakti reside in the Kalash.
The Amrit gotten at the time of Samudra Manthan was also in the Kalash. Even in ancient temples or photographs, Lakshmi is portrayed by two elephants bathing in the water of the Kalash.
This is why Kalash is considered holy and a symbol of Mars in Hinduism. When the Kalash is kept in any worship, it is supposed that the Trinity and Mother Shakti is there in the form of Kalash.
This is why the keeping of Kalash is done on auspicious occasions such as housewarming, house construction, marriage rituals, etc.
It is believed to adorn the Kalash with red cloth, coconut, mango leaves, kusha, etc.
These are the benefits of keeping the Kalash
Going as per the religious beliefs, coconut in the Kalash eliminates diseases at home. It is believed that the face of the coconut on the Kalash is kept uphill for Rahu. Coconut in the Kalash is kept during Navratras.
By keeping the Kalash in the Puja, success is achieved in the work for which the Puja is done.
Puja is considered unfinished without the establishment of the Kalash. Apart from this, it also helps you to get rid of debt.
Laxmi Kalash is established to get everlasting wealth.
The establishment of Kalash has a diverse significance in Navratras. The inestimable grace of Mother Durga bestows on the devotees and helps them be victorious over enemies.
There are many astrological benefits of keeping a Kalash in the house.
According to the scriptures, the Kalash is kept in the house to disregard all the adverse energy of the house. A Kalash saves you from several worries. It also absorbs all the negative energy around you. Along with that, it brings peace and happiness to the home. Coconut is believed to give out auspicious fallouts to the folks. It is kept in the temple of the house, making the atmosphere pious. It also helps you in concentrating during the worship.
If there are ailments in the house, then the coconut on the Kalash helps eradicate them from the house. Kalash is also seen as Lord Ganesha's representation, hence removing all the obstacles from our path. With the help of the Kalash in the house, one gets freedom from the harmful energy present. Also, there is happiness, peace, and harmony in the family.
When the Kalash is kept in the worship, it is believed that Tridev and Shakti are seated in the Kalash. Together with this, all the pilgrimages and all the holy rivers are also considered in the Kalash. It is a ritual to keep a Kalash on all auspicious occasions. This brings affluence and fortune to the house and the inhabitants.