Breaking coconut and offering it to God is very common in South India-during festivals, on auspicious occasions, starting a new business or after buying a new house or a new car.

Why coconut breaking is performed in Hindu Temples?

Coconut breaking is auspicious.

A ritual or worship is incomplete without breaking a coconut.

(offering coconuts to Gods and Goddesses is said to have started an alternative to animal sacrifice)

Reasons for breaking a coconut

There are steps involved in breaking a coconut.

  1. In the first step, the husk is torn away from the coconut. This tells us to let go of our materialistic desires.
  2. In the second step, the coconut is smashed on the ground to break it. This symbolizes that we have to break our ego
  3. In the third step-as, the coconut breaks the water flows out implying that all the negativity in our mind and body should flow out
  4. The soft white inner part of the coconut symbolises peace and is distributed among the devotees

Did you ever notice the dark marks on the coconut?

How many are there?


These markings are never less than or more than three.

In Hinduism-It’s considered as three eyes of Lord Shiva, and some consider the marks as representing the Trimurti, who is the trinity of supreme divinity in Hinduism. (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva)


All that we do without offering it to God is wasted

John Vianney

Take care, my friend.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Mr. Philo

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