Taste Ka Safarnama: Coconut offered to Goddess in Navratri is full of qualities, know its interesting history

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Coconut growing on the beach is sweet in taste.
Shriphal i.e. coconut has special importance in religious works too.
Coconut is also helpful in reducing obesity by increasing immunity.

Swad Ka Safarnama: Coconut is considered to be of great importance in Hinduism. It is also called Shriphal. It is also used for the worship of Mother Goddess in Shardiya Navratri. Coconut is a very interesting fruit. It grows on the banks of the brackish sea but has a different kind of sweetness in taste. This fruit is also ‘all-encompassing’. Its tree also has many uses. There are as many qualities in coconut as they can possibly be seen in any other fruit. In many countries including India, this fruit is religiously, culturally and socially associated with ‘umbilical cord’. The origin of coconut is similar to ‘Hari Anant-Hari Katha Ananta’. It has been associated with man for thousands of years. If myths and legends are to be believed, then it was also in ‘contact’ with the gods.

Navratri worship is not considered complete without it

This year Navratri has started from 26th September. This is such a festival that it is celebrated with great pomp in India, Indians settled abroad also celebrate it with full devotion. In this nine-day festival, daily rituals are not done without coconut. The matter does not end here. In India, this fruit is worshiped since time immemorial in all kinds of religious works including worship-recitation, yagya-ritual, rituals. It is ‘Shriphal’ associated with faith and belief. People have so much faith in this fruit that it has become a ‘faith sign’ and any worship or ritual begins only by placing a coconut on top of the Kalash.

Coconut used in religious works is also called quince.

If we ‘explain’ this fruit by connecting it with Hinduism, then all the ‘earth should do paper, write all Banarai’, its ‘qualities’ will not be able to be described, because from Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata to many ancient texts of India. There is glory. Coconut is associated with all the gods and goddesses associated with Hinduism. One example is enough that according to the scriptures, when Lord Vishnu incarnated on earth, he brought Goddess Lakshmi, Kamadhenu and coconut tree with him. That is why it is also called Shriphal.

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Because of this, coconut is considered to be full of virtues.

Now let’s get some ‘ground’ interpretation of coconut. According to one information, it is born in 80 countries and it has more than 150 species. 90% of the world’s coconut is produced in the developing countries of Asia. Coconut is called an all-rounder because its pulp, milk, oil and water can be used to make a variety of sweet-pungent-salty delicious dishes. Consume it in raw form, the taste remains intact even after cooking. Apart from this, coconut also has health, medicinal and cosmetic value. Its tree is also very useful. A house is made from its stem, a roof and a strong rope can also be made from leaves and bark. The shell and hair of the coconut act as a very powerful firewood.

You may be surprised that even today in movies etc., coconut shells are used to extract the real tops (sounds produced when walking or running) of horses. That is why the coconut tree is also called Tree of Life and Tree of Heaven.

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When did you come to earth? interesting issue

When did the coconut appear on earth? It can only be said that ever since there is a sea on the land, the coconut has existed since then. It can be said that in which area it grew first. Two or three opinions have emerged about this, out of which the confirmation is considered more strong that coconut first grew in the Indian subcontinent. Indian food scientist and food historian KT Achaya, who has written many books on food history, says that coconut originated in Papua New Guinea for the first time about 20 million years ago. There is also a belief that the coconut originated from the Cocos Island in the Pacific Ocean and flowed into the sea and reached the Indian coast and flourished.

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Coconut has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.

On the other hand, in the year 2011, according to the information given by the National Geographic Society, its written genetic test revealed that the coconut originated in India and Southeast Asia. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the coconut probably originated somewhere in Indo-Malaya and is one of the most important crops of the tropics. One opinion also says that coconut originated in the North-Andes. The bottom line is that there can be two authentically two regions of origin of the coconut, one in the Indian Ocean Basin and the other in the Pacific Basin. From here it blossomed and flourished all over the world.

There is no one like coconut when it comes to nutrients

When it comes to nutrients and health, there is no one like coconut. Coconut has the ability to resist all the elements, viruses, bacteria etc. that harm the body. Food experts say that coconut has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties in various forms. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), a fresh coconut contains an estimated 159 calories, 1.5 grams of protein, 6.8 grams of carbohydrates, 15.1 grams of fat, 45 grams of fiber, 9 milligrams of sodium, 2.8 milligrams of sugars, 160 milligrams of potassium and other elements. Huh. According to well-known Ayurvedacharya and Assistant Professor Dr. Veena Sharma, the lauric acid found in coconut is a break of all the anti elements of the body. That’s why this fruit is unique.

coconut, navratri

Coconut has miraculous properties to control body fat as well.

In India’s ancient Ayurvedic text ‘Charakasamhita’, coconut (Narikel) has been described as nutritious, aliphatic, soft, powerful and sweet. In other texts ‘Sushrutasamhita’ also with its similar characteristics, it has been described as bile, antipyretic, dear to the heart and bodybuilding.

Coconut oil can control obesity

Many types of vitamins are also found in coconut, so the oil found in it improves the level of good cholesterol. This oil does not obstruct blood circulation, so it is also beneficial for the heart. It can reduce any type of infection as well as increase the immunity of the body. It has miraculous properties to control body fat as well. Consumption of coconut also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (amnesia). The ingredients found in it reduce mental stress. Consumption of coconut oil also keeps the digestive system healthy, due to which old age knocks late in the body. Regular consumption of coconut does not cause any side effects, but sometimes it can cause allergic reactions. But it depends on the health of the particular person and his body system. There is no information about the interaction of its oil with any medicine.

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