Temple offerings ๐Ÿ™

Today will talk about hinduism. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. It is the world’s third largest religion after Christianity and Islam. Hinduism is the dominant religion in India , where Hindus form 84% of the total population.

I read a very interesting and informative article on why coconuts and bananas are offered at Hindu temples. We all go to temples and we offer these two fruits as Prasad ( offering) to god . Ever wondered why?

Coconut and banana are the only fruits which are considered to be the “sacred fruits “. All other fruits are tainted fruits meaning those that have seeds in them and which have the capacity to reproduce!

But in the case of coconut, once you eat it and throw the outer shell, nothing will grow out of it. If you want to grow a coconut tree, you have to sow the entire coconut itself.

Similarly banana . If you eat a banana and throw its peel , nothing will grow out of it. Banana tree is grown on itsย  own when a banana plant begins giving its fruit .

The outer shell of coconut is the Ahamkara or ego, which one has to break. Once the ego is shed, the mind will be as pure as the white tender coconut inside. The Bhakthi (devotion) will pour like the sweet water In it. The 3 eyes on the top of the coconutย  are explained as Satwa, Raja and Tama or past, present and future.

Just fascinating!

Hats off to our ancestors who had found this reality long ago and they made it as a system which is still proudly followed religiously .

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15 thoughts on “Temple offerings ๐Ÿ™

  1. Many traditional secrets never revealed but old people in home always advise the best but now a days young generation behind it and gadget lost the rhythm of the culture and traditions…. This attitude is a big down fall in differences and relating and creating barriers and many disturbances. It’s a very wast subject to discuss but there is no end or a beginning all is with faith in the name of God destiny is peace if one practice…. Nice post.cheers

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    1. Thank you for the response. Yes you’re right , the current generation doesn’t want to believe in any kind of traditions and call the older generation outdated and not modern . But I always believe we should never leave our culture and that belief we have in God should be intact and firm.

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      1. I Guess there is a triple aspect to every act — as they say, trikaraแน‡aล›uddhi, meaning physical, mental and vital — dฤ“ham, manas and ฤtma. So, offering in temples is physical. Starting anywhere would kindle the ripples in other two domains. You may start, as you said, in mind and heart. But that leads you to serve god physically, in the form of fellow humans. The rituals of a temple or a sacrifice or initiation, are but kindling agents for uniting the three aspects. Remember always — Krishna, though proclaimed himself as GOD, never sat still. Why? Even a self-realized soul, does work and he too participated in many physical rituals and yagas aswell as tought arjuna the philosophical and spiritual treatise. So, the temple offering is as much a necessary for an individual as it is to have a symbolic wisdom like that of your article.

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