Kalashasthapana, Kalaśasthāpana, Kalasha-sthapana: 1 definition



Kalashasthapana 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 Kalaśasthāpana can be transliterated into English as Kalasasthapana or Kalashasthapana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Kalaśasthāpana (कलशस्थापन) refers to “installation of the vessel”, representing a type of ceremony to be performed before pūjā (ritualistic worship) according to the Arcanāvidhipaṭala of Kāmikāgama.—The next process [after dvārapūjā] is kalaśasthāpana for the daily abhiṣeka or snapana. The kalaśas need to be wide-necked, strong and without holes. The Ācārya cleanses them with jñānadṛṣṭi, purifies with astramantra and prays to them. He then takes the kalaśas to the śivatīrtha and fills pure water, filtered with a clean white cloth, chanting the ṣaḍaṅga mantra. He then brings the filled kalaśas back to the garbhagṛha. The Āgama advises that a wise man would take care not to hit the kalaśa on either side of the entrance of the garbhagṛha, nor would he rest the kalaśa on his thighs. It is recommended to use eight kalaśas but the number ranges from 1, 2, 7, 25, 50 and so on.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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