The coconut is known as narikela in Sanskrit. It is also known as Shrifala, or “the auspicious fruit”. It is also known Mahafala, or great fruit to be offered to god. The coconut is used in various auspicious occasions. It is tied as a torana over the doors of homes during all auspicious functions. The coconut is also a symbol of fertility. Hence, a lady who wishes to conceive a child should plant a coconut tree or offer coconuts to gods or goddesses.
It is also used at occasions like weddings, festivals, the use of a new vehicle, construction of a bridge, laying the foundation stone of a house, etc. It’s as if the coconut guarantees that everything will go well with any project. The coconut being broken, also symbolizes the breaking of the ego the biggest thing coming in the way of personal and spiritual development.
There is a custom of placing a coconut in front of
the idol of god during all auspicious occasions. But not many know that at its
root lies a violent practice. In ancient times, the custom was to make a human
sacrifice to god. When societies realized how barbaric the act was, the human
was replaced by a coconut.
Why Maasi month is so special? Accordingly the full moon day in the month of Maasi with star Magam is Maasi Magam. This year Maasi Magam is on 18th February. As it is Masi Magam is considered an auspicious day and special poojas are performed in all the temples on this day. Maasi Magam is celebrated as Mahamagam once in 12 years when Jupiter (Guru) transits in Leo in the month of Maasi (when Sun is in Aquarius (kumbha raasi ), on the full moon day with Magam star. This is the south Indian equivalent of Kumbh Mela.
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