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Why is a Coconut offered in a Temple?!!?


Normalising the emotional wellness talk. CEO @ Joining Hands.

The ancient Rishis studies various plants & fruits and found the Coconut to has the potency to draw divine vibrations from the outer world (Source: Creation & Composition of the Universe, Vol.12, by. Dr. Jayant Balaji). Based on this, the coconut is referred to as ‘Shriphal’ or the Divine Fruit. When a coconut is broken to the ground, one can hear a noise similar to that of a monosyllabic mantra, ‘put’, which can ward off the ill effects of an evil eye. The shape of the fruit is akin to a human head with three eyes. When offered to a deity, it should be offered with the eye side facing the deity as this is the sensitive side of the fruit and can receive divine vibes from the idol. When we offer a coconut at the feet of the deity, we symbolically offer our own head, amplifying total surrender to the Divine by detaching our ego from the self. In the Hindu society, the coconut enjoys immense economic importance also. Every part of the tree - the trunk, leaves, fruit and coir are used in innumerable ways. Much like the cow, every part of the coconut tree can be used. The coconut takes in salty water from the earth and converts it into a sweet nutritive drink that is especially beneficial for sick people.

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