A Lota is commonly used to store or transfer small amounts of liquids like water, particularly for cleaning and ritual purification.
- "Of all the objects we have seen and admired during our visit to India, the Lota, that simple vessel of everyday use, stands out as perhaps the greatest, the most beautiful."
Yoga and Religious Uses
A neti lota, a specially designed lota used to help clear one's sinuses, is also used in the practice of Hatha Yoga, aiding in the practice of Pranayama, Asana and meditation. Its use to clear the sinuses is believed to prevent respiratory disease, reduce post-nasal drip, and normalize the pressure of the inner ear.
In some parts of Pakistan, the use of the phrase "bependi ka lota" (a "lota without a base") is colloquially used to refer to a person who may switch their loyalties. This comes from the observation that a spherical lota without a base tends to roll over in unpredictable directions when kept on uneven ground. The neologism "lotacracy" was coined in Pakistan to describe politicians who would switch parties.
In the Indian subcontinent, the lota is employed to cleanse oneself. In parts of Bangladesh the term "bodna" (or "badna") describes spouted (teapot-like) lota vessels. People of the desi diaspora may use watering cans, empty bottles or cups for this purpose. Muslims often refer to the cleansing process as istinga.
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- Donald Albrecht (2009). The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: a Legacy of Invention. Harry N. Abrams. Retrieved 5 September 2011. "India and Pakistan have a water culture, so that it is preferable to use a lota to cleanse with after using the washroom."