Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kalasha Wedding Invitations

Kalash, Kalash and kalas also written, is a metal (bronze, copper, silver or gold) pot with a wide base and a small mouth, large enough to hold a coconut. Sometimes, "Kalash" also refers to a pot filled with water and topped by a crown of mango leaves and coconut. This combination is often used in Hindu rituals and represented in Hindu iconography.

The whole event is called Purna-Kalasha (पूर्णकलश), Purna-Kumbha (पूर्णकुम्भ) or Purna-Ghata (पूर्णघट). Each name literally means "partial or full boat" when the pot is called Kalasha (to avoid confusion, this article refers to the pan as Kalasha and the whole event as Purna-Kalasha).

Sometimes the Kalash filled with coins, grains, precious stones, gold, or a combination thereof instead of water. The crown of 5, 7, 11 or mango leaves are placed so that the water boards to touch the leaves in the Kalash. Coconut is sometimes wrapped in a red cloth and thread, top of the coconut (called Shira - literally, "head") remains open. A sacred thread is tied around the metal pot. The Shira is held to the sky.

The Kalasha seen as a promising object of Jainism. The Kalasha used as a ceremonial object, as well as a decorative motif in Indian art and architecture. The reason Kalasha was used in decorative bases and capitals of the pillars of the fifth century.

Below is a picture kalasha wedding cards that may be your inspiration :

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