In India one of the most common offerings in a temple is the coconut. It is also offered on occasions like weddings, festivals, or the use of a new vehicle, or house. It is offered in the sacrificial fire whilst performing homa (ritual). The coconut also symbolises selfless service. Every part of the tree -the trunk, leaves, fruit, coir, are all used in innumerable ways like thatches, mats, tasty dishes, oil, soap etc. It even takes in salty water from the earth and converts it into sweet nutritious water that is especially beneficial to sick people. It is used in the preparation of many ayurvedic medicines and in other alternative medicinal systems.
We give thanks for the abundance Mother Earth provides.
Malama da Aina - local for 'respect the land'