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Region 4 - Ladies Event in Leicester‏

The Significance of the Mangala Kalasha

With the blessings of our beloved Lord Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, over 30 ladies from the Leicester Sai Centres gathered to embrace the significance of Mangala Kalasha, also known as Kumbham (assembly of the coconut & pot) on 17 June 2012. The Ladies Wing organised this workshop to understand further an aspect of pooja which is common and important in Hindu culture and spirituality.

The workshop commenced with three Aums and an introduction into the symbolism of the Mangala Kalasha. This led to a discussion into which items can be used to create the Mangala Kalasha and how to decorate it. With this understanding the Ladies were then given a demonstration on the fabulous ways to decorate the Mangala Kalasha and thereby bring out the creativity within themselves! The enthusiasm and sharing of ideas brought a wonderful atmosphere to the workshop.

What is Mangala Kalasha?

This assembly of the coconut and pot plays an important part in many different Hindu ceremonies such as havans (fire sacrifice), child-naming ceremonies and daily worship. The Mangala Kalasha symbolises prosperity, health, weath and positive energy. The Vedas emphasise that the Mangala Kalasha itself represents life source: the five elements and the seven chakras.

Overall, the workshop was valued and enjoyed by all who attended. The women from the Leicester Sai Centres continue to organise workshops and events such as this to provide an encouraging forum for ladies and, at the same time, try to embrace the importance Swami which has emphasised on the role of women in today’s world.