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A KALASHA, also spelled KALASH or KALASA (Sanskrit : कलश; kalaśa, literally "pitcher, pot"), is a metal (brass , copper , silver or gold ) pot with a large base and small mouth, large enough to hold a coconut . Sometimes "Kalasha" also refers to such a pot filled with water and topped with a coronet of mango leaves and a coconut. This combination is often used in Hindu
Hindu
rites and depicted in Hindu iconography
Hindu iconography
. The entire arrangement is called PURNA-KALASHA (पूर्णकलश), PURNA-KUMBHA (पूर्णकुम्भ), or PURNA-GHATA (पूर्णघट). Each of these names literally means "full or complete vessel" when the pot is referred to as the Kalasha
Kalasha
(to avoid confusion, this article will refer to the pot as Kalasha
Kalasha
and the entire arrangement as Purna-Kalasha). Sometimes the Kalasha
Kalasha
is filled with coins, grain, gems, gold, or a combination of these items instead of water. The coronet of 5, 7, or 11 mango leaves is placed such that the tips of the leaves touch water in the Kalasha. The coconut is sometimes wrapped with a red cloth and red thread; the top of the coconut (called Shira – literally "head") is kept uncovered. A sacred thread is tied around the metal pot. The Shira is kept facing the sky. The Kalasha
Kalasha
is viewed as an auspicious object in Jainism
Jainism
. The Kalasha
Kalasha
is used as a ceremonial object as well as a decorative motif in Indian art and architecture . The Kalasha
Kalasha
motif was used in decorating bases and capitals of pillars from the 5th century.

The Kalasha
Kalasha
is part of the official state emblem of Andhra Pradesh state in India
India
.

IN HINDUISM

Worship of a Kalasha.

The Purna- Kalasha
Kalasha
is considered a symbol of abundance and "source of life" in the Vedas
Vedas
. Purna- Kumbha is preeminently a Vedic
Vedic
motif, known from the time of Rigveda
Rigveda
. It is also called Soma-Kalasha, Chandra-Kalasha, Indra-Kumbha, Purnaghata, Purna-Virakamsya, Bhadra ghata, or Mangala ghata. It is referred to as "overflowing full vase" (purno-asya Kalasha) in the Vedas.

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