Reasons behind coconut breaking rituals in Hinduism

Nariyal is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Breaking a coconut in temples before all new beginnings is considered highly auspicious in Hinduism. Coconut is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is later distributed as Prasad. Coconut is one of the purest fruit on earth that a human being can offer to a deity. Here is why Hindus break coconut before any auspicious occasion.

Sage Vishwamitra is said to be the creator of the coconut. Its hard kernel inspires one to do hard work for attaining success.

Coconut is one of the most favorite foods of Lord Ganesha which is why it is broken during housewarming or after purchase of new vehicle.

As water and the white kernel inside the coconut remains covered by the hard outer shell until it is offered to the God it does not get adulterated.

The Coconut also represents Karma Phala or the fruits of one`s past actions. Offering of a fruit in a temple symbolizes surrendering of such Vasanas.

Breaking of coconut symbolizes breaking of ego. The coconut represents the human body and breaking it symbolizes total surrendering and merging with the Brahman or the supreme soul.

The marks on the coconut are thought to represent the three-eyed Lord Shiva and therefore it is considered to be a means to fulfill our desires.

The outer skin of the coconut represents the human body which has an external show of beauty. Man has to renounce all his desires to realize the ultimate Truth. The retention of the tuft symbolizes this idea.