Kalashapuja, Kalaśapūjā, Kalasha-puja: 2 definitions



Kalashapuja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Kalaśapūjā can be transliterated into English as Kalasapuja or Kalashapuja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ganapatya (worship of Ganesha)

[«previous next»] — Kalashapuja in Ganapatya glossary
Source: Google Books: Ganapati: Song of the Self

Kalaśapūjā (कलशपूजा) refers to the “worship of the vessel”, representing one of the possible preliminary rites (upacāra) of a pūjā (deity worship).—Each act in a pūjā is not only physical and/or mental, but also symbolic, cosmic, and spiritual. Sprinkling, sipping, and bathing are symbolic of purification, of the worshipped as well as of the worshipper and the surroundings. Various offerings [viz., kalaśapūjā] symbolize the surrendering of one’s latent tendencies (vāsanā) as expressed in thoughts, words, and deeds.

context information

Ganapatya (गाणपत्य, gāṇapatya) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Ganesha is revered and worshipped as the prime deity (ishta-devata). Being a minor though influential movement, Ganapatya evovled, llike Shaktism and Shaivism, as a separate movement leaving behind a large body of literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Kalashapuja in Hinduism glossary
Source: ACHC: Smarta Puja

Kalaśapūjā (कलशपूजा) refers to the “worship of the vessel” representing one of the various preparatory rites performed before pūjā (ritualistic worship of a deity) which aim at the purification of the devotee.—[After nyāsa], the worshipper sanctifies the utensils which he is going to use in the following pūjā by invoking deities into their different parts. Thereby he makes them suitable instruments of worship. The vessel worshipped (kalaśapūjā) here is of a particular shape and is filled with water. Along with the conch it serves as a container for water which is used in worship. The gods Viṣṇu, Rudra (Śiva), Brahman, the groups of mother goddesses, the ocean, earth and the four Vedas are imagined to stay at its various parts. Then sacred rivers like Gaṅga and Yamuna are invoked in its water. While reciting the prescribed verses the worshipper places his right hand on the top of the vessel thus invoking the rivers as present.

For the worship of the vessel (kalaśapūjā) a small quantity of sandalwood paste, grains of unbroken rice (akṣata) and a flower are made to stick on it. Finally the cow-(dhenu) mudra (cf. illustration) is shown over the vessel. In this mudrā the position of the fingers imitates the shape of four udders of a cow, thereby suggesting that the vessel is filled with milk from the udders of the heavenly cow (surabhi).

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