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Why are there three marks on a coconut? Know the religious reason behind it

Coconut is considered to be of great importance in Hinduism. According to the scriptures, Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh reside in coconut and the three round eyes seen on coconut are considered to be the form of Lord Shiva's Trinetra. Let us know why coconut is considered so special.

Coconut is considered very important and auspicious in Hinduism. Coconut is also called Shriphal. Coconut is definitely used in all types of worship or auspicious works. There is a tradition of breaking coconut for any auspicious work, buying a new house, shop or a new vehicle. It is believed that Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, these three gods reside in coconut. It is believed that sprinkling coconut water in the house destroys all negative powers. According to the belief, people consider the three round marks on coconut to be related to Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

Use of coconut to stop the practice of sacrifice

There is also a belief about coconut or Shriphal that once Lord Vishnu came to earth with Maa Lakshmi, then Maa Lakshmi also brought Kamdhenu cow and coconut tree with her to earth. According to another belief, long ago on earth, there was a practice of sacrificing humans and animals. Coconut started being used to stop this practice, because the form of coconut is considered to be like a human. Coconut is like a human skull and its dreadlocks are like human hair. Due to this, coconut started being used in place of sacrificing animals or humans.

Mythology related to coconut

According to mythology, in ancient times, a king named Satyavrat ruled. Maharishi Vishwamitra lived in the kingdom of King Satyavrat. Once Maharishi Vishwamitra went far away from home to do penance. When he did not return for a long time, his family started wandering hungry and thirsty in the forest. When King Satyavrat saw Maharishi Vishwamitra's family, he brought his family to his court and served them well.

When Vishwamitra returned, his family members told him about the service rendered by the king. Then Maharishi Vishwamitra reached the court of the king and thanked the king, then the king instead of thanking him requested him to give a boon. Maharishi Vishwamitra granted permission to the king. Then the king told the sage that he wanted to go to heaven while he was alive. On this, Rishi Vishwamitra created a path through his penance, which led directly to heaven.

When King Satyavrat reached heaven through that path, the king of heaven Indra pushed him down. As soon as he fell on the earth, the king told this entire incident to Rishi Vishwamitra. On hearing this, Maharishi Vishwamitra got angry. Then to avoid the anger of Maharishi Vishwamitra, the gods came to talk to him and a solution to this problem was found. As a solution, it was decided that another heaven would be built between the earth and heaven. When that heaven was built, it was connected to the earth by a pillar. It is believed that later that pillar became the trunk of a coconut tree and the king's head became a coconut. This is why the shape of a coconut is like a human skull.

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