Kalasha Pooja is one of the ancient Indian spiritual practice. The Kalash is a representation of the divine being that is invoked to reside in the kalasha. The kalasha, or as it is called, is usually bronze or a copper pot.
When it is filled with either water or anything else like coins or jewels, and then place a coconut inverted to close the top, it becomes a poorna-kalash. Poorna-Kalash usually finds its place in most of the pooja's that is performed at home.
Kalasha Pooja Requirements
The requirements are not much. The pooja requires more devotion than the number of items to perform the same. In any case, these are the items that you will need to complete the pooja.
- A bronze or copper pot.
- Water or coins or any other precious items to fill the pot
- Mango or jackfruit leaves to place on top of Kalash.
- Coconut which to place in an inverted position on the Kalash
- Flowers and incense sticks
- Camphor to perform aarti
- Sweets like Kesari or Shakkare Pongal to offer as nivedyam and prasadam to everyone present.
Why do we worship the Kalash?
It is performed for the fulfillment of specific desires. The desires can be as simple as for the welfare of oneself or one's family or for problems like attaining good health, the creation of wealth, education, marriage, having children, court cases, success in various endeavors, and so on.
Kalasha Pooja Procedure
Kalasha pooja procedure is actually quite simple that it can be performed at home. It is done by procedural observation of prayers after inviting a god or goddess to reside in the kalasha and fulfill the desires and wishes.
During the period of performing Kalasha Pooja, the devotee establishes a bond with the Divinity to receives Divine Grace every day. Performing Kalash Pooja fills the home with sacred positive energy. It also raises one's spiritual power and takes them a step closer to god.
Kalash Pujan Vidhi or Procedure
This pooja can be conducted either in the morning or in the evening. The following steps describe the procedure in detail.
- The very first step is to identify a place where the Kalash can be kept undisturbed for 21 days. Once that is done, the next essential step is to clean the area thoroughly. After that, draw a beautiful rangoli and place a platform or small stool. After covering them with a white cloth, check for its sturdiness once.
- Take one coconut. Apply turmeric paste evenly on the same and ensure it is covered entirely in turmeric. Then set it aside for some time to dry.
- Take a copper or brass vessel (kalash) and fill it with either water or coins or jewels in it. Add in a bit of haldi and kumkum. If you have added in water, then put in few tulsi leaves and few coins in the water. Once the kalash is filled, its time to close it. So now place the mange leaves with the stalks dipped in water and leave spreading outwards. Now place the turmeric applied coconut on these leaves. This makes your poorna kalash pooja ready.
- Place the poorna kalash on the plate, which has rice grains spread out on it evenly. Place the entire set on the stool or the platform that you put in to place Kalash on top. You can now decorate the kalash with flowers. Place the god or the goddess photo that you are planning to invoke in front of this.
- Once your kalash is ready and is in its place, you cannot move the same for 21days. After placing the kalash, its time for the sankalpa. Sankalpa is the process of letting the deity know for what purpose the kalash is kept and is being worshipped. It is also a way of seeking permission from the deity to worship them for fulfilling their wishes.
- After the sankalpa is over chant, it's time for you to worship the deity with utmost dedication. Know the moola mantra related to the god or goddess being worshipped and chant it 108 times. Remember to offer akshate and flowers to the kalash every time you finish the chant. After this offer, the prasadam to the god and kalash and bow with utmost sincerity. Continue the same procedure for 21 days.
- At the end of the 21 days, remove kalash from its place. Sprinkle the energized water of the kalash around the house. If you have placed coins, take a few of them and put it in your purse, pooja place, and money lockers to ensure a continuous flow of wealth. You can donate the rest of the coins to the temple or use it for that benefit the people around you.
- The coconut place on the kalash can be taken as Prasad, and you can use it for cooking sweets savories.
Since the pooja is quite simple and straightforward, anyone can perform the same. If you need further help with this, kindly contact us at pujaNpujari, we will help you out the finer and minute details of carrying out the pooja with utmost perfection.