What is the Symbolism of the Coconuts in Hinduism?
The humble coconut, one of the hardest fruits growing in sandy soil, requiring little water or maintenance. In Hindi it is known as “Nariyal” which translate literally as, “fruit containing water”. In Sanskrit it is known as “Sirphal” which means “God’s fruit”.
One of the most common offerings in a temple is a coconut. It is also offered on occasions like weddings, festivals, the use of a new vehicle or home. The coconut is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Every auspicious occasion begins with the breaking of the coconut. It is regarded as a symbol of Lord Ganesh who removes obstacles and helps us to succeed in any tasks we embark on.
We all know about the beautiful Goddess Parvati, the Goddess of love. Did you know Hinduism has it’s very own Indian cupid… A God of Love?... I never knew of “Kamadeva”, the Hindu god of love. Growing up he was never a god that we spoke about or prayed too. So how did I come across him? Well I was researching content for our fifth birthday launch and found a god that had five arrows, so I was intrigued to find out more about the parrot riding, greenish god Kamadeva. He is often shown with his female counterpart Rati. Read more about Kamadeva and his five arrows of love.
The symbolic Lotus flower, in shades of white, pink and purple. An aquatic plant, beauty growing from the depth of muddy waters. An iconic symbol in Hinduism, used as the throne of many deities. Definitely one of my favourite flowers, there is something so majestic about the beauty and symbolism of the lotus.
The lotus also has an exciting part to play in the story of creation.