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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 following object is a copper Kalasha having wide mouth and flaring rim portion. The neck portion has arrow shaped motifs with incised dots pattern. The middle outer portion has depiction of Goddesses like Parvati, vaisnavi, varahi, kalki etc. The Godesses are shown standing holding their attributes under arched roof with pillars in center. The base of the Kalsha is flat having cylindrical arrow heads motifs with dots pattern. The Kalasha belongs to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Museum and it weighs 1285 gms and its dimensions are 16.5x17.5.