BHOPAL: Mara Chembu, a sacred water pot used by Brahmins in Andhra Pradesh is the fourth Exhibit of the Week this month, which Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), has displayed on its social media pages.
The exhibition began on Monday. The museum officials collected the metal pot from Brahmin community of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. The height, circumference and diametre of the exhibit are 30 cm. 63 cm and 12 cm respectively.
Museum director Praveen Kumar Mishra says Mara Chembu is a brass pot used for storing holy water to perform Hindu rituals. The base is extended with a circular flare to give proper support to whole structure when it is kept on a surface. As per Hindu rituals, holy water is sprinkled to purify the place, items used in the worship, articles offered to the deities and prasada served to the devotees.
The pot has enormous importance in all the ceremonies from birth to death, among Hindu communities and is widely used for offering holy water or milk during Abhishek of Lord Shiva and other gods.
It is also believed that the pot filled with Gangajal (water of Ganges) is auspicious for the house and considered to be the symbol of ascetics, peace, and prosperity. It brings strength, positivity, and healing, Mishra said.
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