A Kumbha called the Ghata was used during solemn occasions especially during marriages to fix the auspicious time for performing the ceremony. ritual a smaller vessel with a small hole at its bottom was floated in a larger vessel full of water. The smaller vessel was gradually filled up with water flowing in through the hole and after it was full to the brim the smaller vessel would sink into the larger one. The auspicious moment decided in this manner with a Ghata was called Ghataka. http://www.hindubooks.org/sudheer_birodkar/hindu_history/omkar.html ghaTaka mfn. accomplishing Bhart2. ii , 66 procuring , iii , 57 Sch. ready , skilful DivyA7v. xxx , 143 forming a constituent part Jaim. i , 1 , 5 Sch. m. a pot , jar Kathas. lvii , 45 a genealogist Kulad. a match-maker , negotiator of matrimonial alliances RTL. p. 377 (cf. {ghaTa-dAsI}) ; a tree that produces fruits without apparent flowers L. {ikA}) f. a water-jar Mricch. x , 55 (59) Sa1h. iii , 146/147 {ghAT-}) Pancat. ; a period of time (= 24 [or 48 W.] minutes) Suryas. BhP. v , 21 , 4 and 10 HYog. iii , 63 Sch. on Jyot. (YV) 25 and 40 f. Tantr. (= {kalA} KatySr. ii , 1 , 1 and 17 Sch.) the Ghari or Indian clock (see {-TI}) Gol. xi , 8 (= {ghuT-}) the ancle L.