Can we break coconuts in Navratri?
Why do we use bananas and coconuts as offerings when we pray?
I think it doesn't matter what fruit from the pooja you use. However, it is important that all fruits are fresh, clean, and saturated with art.
The bananas and coconuts are cheap in India and are therefore most commonly used for pooja.
Also, fresh green coconuts are very satvic because the water in them is very clean.
The coconuts and the bananas are the food of the ascetic and are therefore symbolic of the ascetic god Shiva.
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Once I saw so many people interested in knowing the answer to this question, I understood that I need to do more research behind this question. I found many different meanings and opinions ...
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Why are only coconut and banana offered in the temples?
Coconut and banana are the only two fruits that are considered "sacred fruits".All other fruits are rotten fruits (partially eaten fruits), ie other fruits have seeds and can multiply!
But in the case of coconut, if you eat coconut and toss its outer shell, nothing will grow from it.If you want to grow a coconut tree, you need to sow all of the coconut yourself.Similar to banana.If you eat a banana and toss out the sleeves, nothing will grow out of it.The banana tree grows by itself when a banana plant bears fruit.
The outer shell of the coconut is the ahamkara or ego to be broken.Once the ego is shed, the mind is as pure as the white tender coconut inside.The Bhavaavesha or Bhakthi is poured into it like the sweet water.The 3 eyes above explain them as Satwa, Raja and Tama or Past, Present and Future or Sthoola, Sukshma and Karana Sareera or Body etc.
Why are coconuts considered so sacred and religious in Hindu mythology?
In Tamil Nadu, coconut tree is called Thennam Pillai, which means coconut child, and they never call it a tree, only a child.Even cutting down a living coconut tree is considered a sin and is equivalent to murdering one's own child in Tamil culture.
A coconut tree can consume any type of water, from fresh groundwater to salty seawater, but the fruits it bears only ever give sweet water.This corresponds to the life of an ascetic or a mother, because only they give good to their followers and children.For this reason, pregnant women should not crack open a coconut, as this is equivalent to killing a life form and, moreover, the vibrations from breaking a coconut could damage the fetus in the womb.
A coconut resembles a person's head - the hard shell is covered with unwanted hair like coconut, the eyes are covered with a hard and sharp coconut that imitates our pride, the hard shell denotes selfish selfishness, sweet water denotes human nature and the white, sweet layer denotes the pure soul.The coconut is broken open during pooja to indicate that ego, selfishness and pride are exposing the soul to God.
Coconut has three eyes and is symbolic of Lord Shiva.This is the reason why coconut is made a witness in every ritual to indicate that it is happening in the presence of Shiva.Coconut has neither a beginning nor an end and indicates the Shiva form.
Legend has it that Vishwamitra was moved when he saw animal or human sacrifice in Hindu rituals.To end such life sacrifices, Vishwamitra introduced breaking a coconut that resembles a life form.From then on, breaking coconuts is included in all Hindu rituals.
Coconut is called "Shri-Phal" in many scriptures.Together with coconut, the bananas are also called Shri-Phal."Shri" means Laxmi / goddess of wealth.So Shri-Phal means the fruit of Laxmi.
The reason is that these fruits are readily available.They are abundant and available at any time of the year.Any house that has a few coconut and banana trees in its garden, the family of that house will never starve.You will have plenty of food through thick and thin.So these fruits are venerated and are considered a gift from the goddess Laxmi.These fruits are therefore used in all religious ceremonies as a sign of prosperity and gratitude to the gods.
Coconut can be symbolized as a human ego.Breaking before God shows that you are breaking your ego.It's like offering yourself to God.I've heard that from movies and people.
Why do Hindu devotees offer coconut to their deities?
Our Rishis and Munis examine various plants and trees and various other aspects of nature in depth.They found that the coconut was the most auspicious fruit because it has the power to draw divine vibrations from the outside world.For this reason it is also known as Shriphal or "divine fruit".When the coconut is broken by hitting it on the ground, a sound similar to that of the monosyllabic mantra "Phut" can be heard, which can ward off the negative effects of an evil eye.
The coconut is one of the most common offerings in a temple.The shape of this fruit resembles a human head with three eyes.If it is to be offered to a deity, this is the sensitive side of the fruit, which can receive divine vibrations from the idol.According to legend, the coconut was created by the Rishi Vishwamitra for the benefit of mankind.When we offer a coconut at the feet of a deity, we symbolically offer our head, which means that we completely surrender to the divine by detaching our ego from the self.
Like gangeye, coconut water is considered sacred.It is sprayed to remove the negativity from a core of a broken coconut. It is later distributed to devotees as prasad.Coconut is also offered when setting up a business or stowage, buying a new vehicle, entering a new house, celebrating weddings, parties, and so on.After completing a port, the purna ahuti, or the final sacrifice, is made by placing a ripe coconut in the sacrificial fire.
Breaking a coconut is the symbol of the intention to sacrifice the ego in the presence of God, for whom all creatures are equal.The person offering the coconut is expected to know this and try to be a better person.
With the advent of railroads, it became very easy and cheap to transport coconuts to all parts of India, which is why they became increasingly popular for this ritual due to their easy availability.
In India, coconut is used on various auspicious occasions. She is tied to the front door as Torana during all favorable events. It is given to a bride before leaving to see her in-laws. It is also given to people when they visit another.Coconut is very cheap and the symbol of fertility.Hence, it is said that a woman who wants to have a child should plant a coconut tree or offer coconuts to gods or goddesses.
Why is coconut (Shree Phal) considered cheap?
Coconut water is untouched and pure by hand, as it is formed and preserved in the shell.Its purity corresponds to that of Gangajal (water from the Ganga river).
The coconut has three "eyes" that represent Shiva.The two eyes are on the same plane while the third is on top, which symbolizes the Turiya or the fourth state of supreme consciousness.So the fruit shows samadhi or yogic perfection.
The coconut is dark and hard.It represents the perfection of character just like that of Krishna.A dark color is stain-free, you cannot make a mark on black.It's only white that gets dirty.Likewise, what is hard cannot be broken by external impact.It has integrity and perseverance.Outwardly hard and dark, it symbolizes the external characters of a religious man, firm, steadfast, unswerving and not disturbed by turbulence.Since the man is rooted in "dharma" or righteousness, such a man cannot perform "adharma" or immoral acts.Even the greatest act of immorality this man has committed cannot add a blemish.Like Krishna (the dark color), he is free from spots.Whatever such a person does cannot be immoral, even if the act is heinous.
Inside, the coconut is white and tender.In the protected state, nothing is as pure as white.Impurities are hidden in black, but do not even appear in white.White is so pure that even the slightest hint of contamination can be seen on it.It seems to be different from anything unclean.It represents inner perfection, like that of Shiva.Shiva is known as Bholmath or the Innocent Lord.It is so plain and simple that it never tries to harm even the oppressor.It is so untouched that the slightest hint of imperfection is noticed around it.No one can stand before him and appear clean, his purity would immediately reveal the impurity of others.The inside is delicate and represents the compassion and goodness of Shiva.
The hard outside and the soft inside represent the combination of practical and spiritual perfection.A soft heart must have a hard sword or it would be crushed.A gentle smile must have a strong character, otherwise it would be wiped away.To be the epitome of compassion and justice, one must be the epitome of strength and bravery.or who would implement justice without strength?
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