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Significance Of Coconut In Hinduism


Breaking coconuts in front of a God and Goddesses idol is a common practice in India. Coconut is an essential offering in almost all rituals of Hinduism. Every new venture of an individual is started by breaking a coconut in front of the idol. Be it any wedding, festival or any important puja, coconut is a must-have item on the list. Have you wondered why coconuts is an essential item in every Hindu ritual? Let us find out.

Coconut is known as 'Sriphal' in Sanskrit. Sriphal means God's fruit. So, coconut is essentially the fruit of the Gods. Breaking a coconut symbolises smashing your ego and humbling yourself before God. The hard shell of ignorance and ego is smashed which gives way to inner purity and knowledge which is symbolized by the white part of the coconut.

Let us have a quick look at the significance of coconut in Hinduism.


Why Coconut Is Broken During Puja

At a point of time, human and animal sacrifices were quite common in Hinduism. When Adi Shankaracharya stepped in, he discontinued this inhuman ritual and replaced the offering of humans with an offering of coconuts. The coconut resembles a human head in many ways. The coir outside is compared to human hair, the hard shell is like a skull, the water inside resembles blood and the kernel is the mental space.


To Overcome Evil Eye

If someone has cast an evil eye on you, coconuts are prayed on and smashed. Take a coconut, measure a red thread exactly to your height and tie the thread around the coconut. Whirl it around your head 7 times and offer it to a flowing river.


To Overcome Ill-Effects Of Rahu

If you are affected by the planet Rahu, then sleep with a coconut near your head on a Wednesday night. Offer it to Lord Ganesha on the next day.


To Overcome Ill-Effects Of Saturn

Many people face problems in their life due to the bad effects of Saturn. So, to overcome the ill-effects of the planet Saturn or Shani all you have to do is put together a coconut, barley and black urad dal wrapped in a black cloth. Whirl it around your head 7 times and then offer it to a flowing river.


Overcome Financial Problems

On a Tuesday, make a paste of Jasmine oil, vermillion (sindoor) and draw a swastik sign on the coconut. Offer it to Lord Ganesha and recite the Rinmochak Stotram. You will definitely see improvement in your life.


Black Magic

If you are affected by black magic then visit a temple of Goddess Durga on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. Before visiting the temple, take one coconut, items of shringar, camphor, flower garlands and offer it to the Goddess and recite the mantra 'Hum Phat'. Perform aarti with camphor after that. All the ill-effects of black magic will soon become obsolete.

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