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KALASHA

The kalasha is a pot or a pitcher made of terracotta, wood or metal comprising gold, silver, bronze, copper or mix metal. As per Hinduism Kalasha is a symbolic representation of creation. The vacant pot symbolizes earth and the water filled in it symbolizes the sacred water from which life began on earth.

As per ritual belief the waters from all holy rivers in India is collected in Kalasha and with knowledge of all the Vedas and blessings of deities are involved in Kalasha and its water is thereafter used for all kinds of sacred ritual in Hinduism. The Kalasha is believed to contain amrita the elixir of life and thus is viewed as a symbol of abundance, wisdom and immortality. The Kalasha is often seen in Hindu iconography as an attribute in the hands of Hindu deities like creator god Brahma, the destroyer god Shiva as a teacher. Kalasha is used as a symbol of fertility in marriages and childbirth, new foundation or business it is kept as kumb pot. It also symbolizes the womb of mother goddess, also the god of money Kuber is denoted as a pot belly god. Kalasha is also used in ritual related death and also to keep the remaining of the loved ones.

The object is a kalasha with a flaring rim. The neck is narrow having incised arrow shaped design followed by spiral design. The shoulder portion of the pot has incised Shivalinga patterns followed by saying “Jay Ram”. The center portion of the pot depicts deities like Ganesha, Varaha, Narshimha, figurines of shivlinga, horse, bull etc. There is a circular ring base below. The kalasha belongs to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Museum and It weighs 521 gms, and its height is 13.5 cms ad diameter is 14 cms.