Brass Utensils in Indian Tradition

Brass Utensils in Indian Tradition

Brass in sacred scriptures

The Sacred Scriptures suggest using chosen metals in temples and at home for pooja and other auspicious rituals. Natural metals like copper, brass, bronze, silver, and gold are best suited for puja. Utensils made of clay,  terracotta, and stone are also considered auspicious.

It is believed that Amrita, the nectar of life obtained by the gods during Samudra Manthan, was held in a brass kalash. Brass items are believed to bring prosperity, enlightenment, and everything positive into the house. Hence, a brass kalash filled with auspicious ingredients like rice, betel leaves, areca nuts, etc. is tumbled inside the house by a new bride, signifying the entry of prosperity into the house.

Iron rusts, and aluminium, when rubbed, gives off a black powder-like substance. These are signs of metals getting degraded. Hence, these are considered inauspicious. Plastic is also considered inauspicious.

Steel is an alloy of iron and is considered an immune metal. Immune metals do not accept any positive energy from the environment but absorb negative energies. Hence, these are not acceptable in the puja room.

Preference to Brass

Havan and homa involve spending considerable time near fire. Arti, dhoop, and other such activities also involve flame and amber. Not every metal can withstand the temperature involved in these rituals, but brass and silver can withstand the heat emanating from these activities. Brass is considered to be more resistant to heat and is economically more viable than silver.

Brass to cherish memories and blessings

It is believed that the pooja utensils become more auspicious when used regularly as they absorb and retain the positive energy that emanates from the puja space. Brass utensils are hence preferred, as they are known for their durability and the ability to absorb positive energy from the environment. Hence, older pooja utensils used by elders are preserved in the house as a mark of reverence. Preserving puja articles used by our elders and beloved ones is not just an act of cherishing those memories but also of retaining the blessings that they have earned for the family by performing pooja diligently over the years.

Brass in modern living leans towards traditional beliefs

Even modern and contemporary houses prefer to use brass utensils for home décor. Brass artefacts symbolise higher living. They increase the aesthetic value of the house while adding richness to the space. Brass at the entrance of the house is believed to attract positive vibes into the house. Goddess Lakshmi is said to get attracted to decorations that appear bright and refined.

Cleaning Brass Items

Regular cleaning of brass is essential to increase its durability and maintain its lustrous finish. This can be easily done by using cleaning powders made specifically to clean brass. One can also use a mixture of tamarind and salt to scrub the surface and bring back the shine. Buffing the surface with a dry cloth moistened with brass polish is advised.

Never use harsh chemical mixtures and leave them on the surface for long. They tend to corrode the surface.

Brass Articles at Pujaroom

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