Kalash (Kalasa)

This symbol, depicting a vase covered with leaves, is a representation of the kalash, a Hindu/Jain ritual implement. The kalash is a clay or copper pot filled with water, and topped with mango leaves and a coconut. The kalash has many symbolic meanings- it is the primordial waters of creation, the soul filled with love and compassion, abundance, and hospitality.

 

The coconut is a symbol of the God head- the three eyes symbolic of the eyes of Vishnu. The kalash is present in all important Hindu and Jain rituals, and is the basis for the “treasure vase” of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

 

 

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