Loti can be filled with water or milk. A red or white thread is tied around its neck. When the loti is filled with water or rice, it is known as purnakumbha representing the inert body which when filled with the divine life force gains the power to do all the wonderful things that makes life what it is.
Before the creation came into being, Lord Vishnu was reclining on His snake-bed in the milky ocean From His navel emerged a lotus from which appeared Lord Brahma, the Creator, who thereafter created this world. The water in the loti symbolizes the primordial water from which the entire creation emerged It is the giver of life to all and has the potential of creating innumerable names and forms, the inert objects and the sentient beings and all that is auspicious in the world from the energy behind the universe. The leaves and coconut represent creation. The thread represents the love that â€œbindsâ€ all in creation. The loti is therefore considered auspicious and worshipped. The waters from all the holy rivers, the knowledge of all the Vedas and the blessings of all the deities are invoked in the kalasha and its water is thereafter used for all the rituals.
This loti can be used Purnakumbha as well as storing water for various spiritual rituals.