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 its 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 coconut are explained as Satwa, Raja and Tama or past, present and future.
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 .