Spiritual Significance of Coconuts in Hindu Customs

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Thoughts to Ponder

  1. Why do we use Coconuts in Rituals as Kalash
  2. Why do we break coconuts in temples especially in Ganapathy temples over hundreds of coconuts and it’s significance.
  3. Also the significance of reciting the mantras for 108 times…..

Our body and this entire universe have always been working on the same principles. Looking at our body we have 72000 nadis in our body and 114 nerve junctions or chakras…..2 are outside the body…while 4 chakras act when all other chakras act properly…remaining 108 chakras do need some kind of stimulation if the body has to be of any help spiritually….by stimulating these 108 chakras, one can cross over and attain heights in spirituality…..so it was said that we need to recite 108 mantras…..

Breaking of Coconuts

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Coming to the breaking of the coconuts, when we offer anything to the divine, some sort of processing of the mind is happening at the back simultaneously. Offering or doing service to the poor without any returns helps our mind to process itself, it helps getting rid of the past negative energies that is stored in the subconscious…we call it as past bad karmas….after offering of the coconuts, we distribute these coconuts to the poor….this also serves a purpose….while attaining two important goals with offering of the coconuts….one being the processing of the mind…another being helping the poor with food which is coconut with the positive vibrations filled in it as it is offered in temples….coconut has a special property of absorbing energies….both positive as well as negative….in temples, as there is positive energies, it will definitely absorb the positive energies of the temple and becomes the prasadam…which influences our body and mind in a positive manner…so actually we are here processing our own mind…it is like using cd or tape to clean the head of the video or audio player….

Our ignorance today

Nowadays, what has happened is…..people who offer coconuts in the temple…they purchase 108 coconuts and give it to the priests and the assistants of the priests does the breaking of the coconuts….by this, what happened is, the assistant priests are cleansing/ processing their minds at the offerers cost… …..this is what happens when we dont know the importance of the rituals….instead…..people who is offering should break the coconuts with the gods name chanting, so that their minds get processed and not the priest’s….

Coconuts in Rituals

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Coconut when it is not broken and is having the fibrous tail, as we call it shendi…..with this tail in one particular direction, it has the unique ability of absorbing the negative energies into the coconut….so when ever we do poojas , or inaugrate any new office, new vehicles or instruments, coconut is held in hand and turned clockwise three times and then broken….this is to absorb any negative energies in the vehicle or instrument or office or house…..and dissipating it…..hence coconut is used in many ritualsits main purpose being in helping the mind to process as well as to absorb negative energies or absorb positive energies and used as prasadam……

In Pooja and other rituals, we keep coconut in a copper vessel filled with water ….Mango leaves are kept on the edges of the vessel, its stem being dipped and coconut with its tail facing upwards is kept on the those leaves , on the mouth of the vessel…..Now this becomes a kalash….It is done and mantras are chanted to invoke the cosmic energy which is in the surrounding environment, into the kalash….and then the ritual is done…..in the presence of the divine aura……both coconut and mango leaves serves the same purpose of absorbing the cosmic energy into the kalash and this cosmic energy gets filled in the water…….after the ritual is over, the water in the kalash is sprinkled with the help of mango leaves all over the house, to sprinkle the positive cosmic energy in the home and the home along with its family members are said to get blessed with this positive cosmic energy…… we use copper vessel as it is a good conductor of energy and stores the energy in the water filled in it…..water is also a very good conductor of energy….also brass, silver and gold vessels are used as these are all very good conductors of energy…..

Flowers are those which have unique fragrances and gives a positive vibe….hence it adds to the positive vibes around and also absorbs the positivity around them……fruits too are the most natural satvik food which one can offer and absorb the positive cosmic vibe in them and can be taken as prasadam….hence, fruits and flowers, both of them are natural positive vibes absorbers and can be used as prasadam….

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