I have seen that mango leaves kept in the kalash during puja ritual. Why are mango leaves kept in the kalash during puja ritual?
The Kalash is used for creating seat for invoked deities during the puja ritual. First it is filled with water and then leaves of mango tree or that of betel vine are kept in it. These leaves are known as leaves of deity’s seat. The deity principle gets maximally attracted to these leaves of seat. The water inside the Kalash keeps this seat pure till the ritual of Pranapratishta (invoking deity into an image, idol, coconut or betelnut). Thus the invoked deity principle stays for a long period.
In this Kalash betel nut or some coins are then put. Thereafter a coconut is set up on the mouth of the Kalash. The tuft of coconut attracts the deity principle from the atmosphere and it is then transmitted to the water in the Kalash through the body of coconut.
The water is pure and clean to the highest extent. That is the reason it is able to attract the sattvik particles of frequencies of deities. But it contains less quantity of raja particles and therefore has poor capacity to project the sattva particles.
Putting a coin is symbol of sacrifice. Through this medium there is sacrifice of wealth and jiva (embodied soul)’s attachment is reduced. This qualifies the worshipper to benefit more from the sattvikta of puja ritual. A copper coin is put in the kalash. The copper has more capacity to project sattvik frequencies. It helps in emanation of sattvik frequencies present in the water into the atmosphere.
Also a betel nut is kept in the kalash meant for puja ritual. Betelnut enhances sattva and raja components in the water of the kalash. This increases the capacity of the water to emit manifest principle of deity.The betel nut contains particles related to absolute earth element which are useful in binding of sattva particles related to sattva component.This then easily helps in retaining the sattvikta of water for along time. Five precious stones like pearl, diamond, emerald, blue sapphire, ruby and gold are also added to the water of Kalash. The five precious stones and gold have capacity to attract and emit the principles of five superior deities. This benefits the worshiper. But with changing times the use of five precious stones and copper is reduced and replaced by alloys which are spiritually of less benefit.
Now let us see as to why the water stored in the Kalash is either poured under the Tulsi plant or is sprinkled in the premises after the conclusion of puja.
Kalasha is a brass, mud, or copper pot filled with water or rice. Mango leaves are kept on the pot and a coconut is placed over it. In some areas, a red cloth or green cloth is covered around the coconut. Some threads are also tied around the pot. Devotees decorate the pot with kumkum (vermillion), haldi, and some other decorative items. Such pot is referred to as Kalasha.
Kalasha Puja is the most popular and revered ritual during grihapravesh (house warming ceremony), vivah (marriage / wedding), Navratri Durga Puja, Diwali Lakshmi Puja, and in temple festivals like Kumbhabhishekam, Brahmotsavam, etc.
Why do we worship Kalasha? The water in the kalasha represents the primordial water from which the entire creation emerged. Water is the giver of life and the source of all forms and objects of the creation. The mango leaves symbolize the creation. The threads signify the love and peace that bins everything in creation
We worship Gods and Goddesses, and love our parents, brothers, sisters, wife, children, relatives, friends, and well wishers, but we would not worship the creation and the universe from which we are emerged and in which we are living. To accomplish the worship of everything in our universe, Kalasha Sthapana puja and Kalasha Puja is performed during any puja.
Kalasha Sthapana Vidhi
Significance of using mango leaves in Pujas:
- Symbol of Mahalakshmi
- Prevents negative energy
- Sign of Auspiciousness
- Helps against drushti dosham
- Full of Oxygen
- Promotes hygiene and health
- Symbol of fertility