Pot for the Water of Ganga / Sacred Pot


Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums
New Delhi, India

The pot is made by hammering copper sheet to shape, having floral repousse work at the neck and figures of incarnations of Vishnu on the belly. Filled with the water of the river Ganges and sealed at the mouth. Such pots were bought home by the pilgrims from Banaras and Allahabad
The water was used for domestic Hindu rituals. Often a few drops were poured in the mouth of a dying person. It was also sprinkled on a dead body before cremation.

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  • Title: Pot for the Water of Ganga / Sacred Pot
  • Date Created: 1831/1870
  • Location: Uttar Pradesh
  • Physical Dimensions: H 19 cm x Dia 19 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Copper
  • Period: Mid 19th Century