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Why do we offer a Coconut to God and Goddess

In India, one of the most common offerings in temples is a coconut. coconut is also offered in occasions like weddings , festivals, use of a new vehicle, bridge, house, etc. It is offered in the sacrificial fire while the homa is performed. The coconut is broken and placed before the Lord. Later, it is distributed as prasaada.

The fiber coverage of the dried coconut is removed with the exception of a plume at the top. The marks on the coconut look like the head of a human being. The coconut is broken, symbolizing the breaking of the ego. The inner juice, which represents internal tendencies (vaasanas), is offered with the white grain: the spirit, for the Lord.


A mind so purified by the touch of the Lord is used as prasadam (a sacred gift). In the traditional abhishekha ritual done in all the temples and many houses, various materials are poured on divinity such as milk, curd, honey, tender coconut water, sandalwood paste, sacred ash etc. Each material has a specific meaning to grant certain benefits to the worshippers. The tender water of coconut is used in abhisheka rituals because it is thought to give spiritual growth to the seeker.

The coconut also symbolizes selfless service. Each part of the tree – the trunk, leaves, fruit, coir etc. – is used in countless ways such as thatched roofs, mats, tasty dishes, oil, soap, etc. Take salty water from the land and convert it into fresh, nutritious water, especially beneficial for sick people. It is used in the preparation of many Ayurvedic medicines and other alternative medicinal systems.

It is even thought that the marks on the coconut represent Lord Shiva with three eyes and, therefore, it is considered a means of satisfying our desires.

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