Significance of Coconut in Indian Traditions

India has the richest & traditional country in the world. Huge cultures & various religions like; Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism make differentiate them from other countries. Many rituals have different significance or scientific reasons in it. We follow those traditional rituals from ancient times but never know the actual reason behind them. 


In this article, we discussed the significance of coconut in Indian traditions or rituals. We Indians have commonly used coconut in various puja, festivals, or puja purposes. Let’s check the Significance of Coconut in Hinduism:

• According to Hindu Mythology Coconut is known as Shriphala or God’s fruit. It is the only food that is symbolized as God’s food. Coconut is a holy fruit that gives us several properties.


• The three dots of coconut was the significance of the three marks of Lord Shiva’s eyes. That’s why coconut is used in puja & others rituals.


• Coconut breaking in front of god it represents breaking ego & surrender in front of God. Sacrificing ego, anger, greed, arrogance, & jealousy of all negative human tendencies removed & get blessings from God.


• In ancient times some inhuman rituals were practices by Hindus like; smashing human & animal heads to satisfy God, it’s called Narabali. Past few decades these inhuman practices are legally closed now & replaced with a breaking coconut to fulfill desire & bow down in front of God without any ego or arrogance.


• Apart from that coconut is also used in baby shower ceremonies. This ceremony brings lots of happiness & good luck. Giving coconut to a pregnant lady symbolized a new life on the earth.