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Coconut with its shell is called Naariyal in HIndi. It is a prominent article among other things in many worship rituals. It has many uses and is of a great importance in Hindu's lives. Coconut is of several types - (1) tender green coconut (Daabh) from which one can drink its water and throw the shell, (2) Dry Naariyal with shell and with fiber on it is used in Poojaa, it is kept on Kalash while establishing it for Poojaa, it fiber is used for many other purposes, (3) Dry Naariyal (called Golaa in Northern India) is when the shell is broken and its nut is taken out, this nut is used in making sweets or to eat just like that , or with betel leaf, after food or at anytime of the day, after grating it. Its sweets are often made on Vrat days (fasting days) as it is not a cereal or grain.

A complete green tender coconut is worshipped as a Kalash in most holy rituals and just based on the external appearance and by hearing the water inside and by carefully observing that there are no cracks on the surface, one puts this coconut on the Kalash and worships it with all Upachaar.

(1) In north India it is customary to offer Naariyal to invited realtions in a religious ceremony, but if a guest does not come on a the occasion, the hostess puts Teekaa on the coconut and give it to his relation to handover it to him. For example in marriages, if a certain person does not come to attend it, the hostess put Teekaa on a Naariyal and gives to his other relations to give it to him, or sends it to him by some other means. It is considered auspicious to get it religious ceremonies.

(2) In southern India a coconut is broken after the Poojaa is over. Its kernel is used for Prasaad (grace). In many ceremonies, coconut is kept on water-filled Kalash as a wish for the well-being of the guests.

Normally all Naariyal have three almost round spots which are called "eyes", and they are three in number. They are called two eyes and one mouth also, because they look like so. BUT some rare ones have only two spots also, and as people's nature is, they try to collect rare things. In this two spot Naariyal, as people say, one is eye and one is mouth. A Naariyal with only one spot is very very rare and many have not found it yet.

According to Tantra practices, three eyed coconut is used in all holy ceremonies, functions, Poojaa and Saatwik rituals whereas two eyed coconut is used in Ugra Roop and strong rituals. One-eyed coconut is extremely rare and is used for invoking spirits and invisible angels like Yaksh and Yakshinee etc who would bless the native with various boons who possess this one eyed one. This is based on the belief as told by our elders and no supporting scriptural references is available as of now.

Two-eyed coconut is mostly construed as one-eyed and genuine one-eyed coconut which simply has only one eye and no second eye at all has not been seen by many people.

Ekaakshee Coconut
Normally a coconut has one mouth and two eyes. But the Ekaakshee (Ek means one, Aksh means eyes, so Ekaakshee means one-eyed) coconut has only one eye or one spot. An Ekaakshee dry coconut is a collectors sacred object, very very rare to get it, and is related to Lakshmee Jee. It is kept in the temple as part of worship or at a business for good luck. They are very hard to find. It should be dry, not green, as the green one will rot. There is also one eyed and one mouth variety that is also called one-eyed coconut, but it is not real one-eyed coconut.

Ekaakshee coconut should be dry, not green, as green one will rot. The dry one is a collectors sacred object, very rare to get. It is kept in the temple as part of worship or at a business for good luck. They are very hard to find.

Botanically, normal coconut has three eyes. Coconut is a monocot plant. Three carpellary ovary is a rule in monocots (and five carpellary ovary in dicots). Many of the websites call two eyed coconut as 'One Eyed Coconut' mentioning one eye as mouth and the other one as eye. It is cheating. Two-eyed coconut is not so rare and cheap too. Original one-eyed coconut is extremely rare in occurrence.

One Person's Experience With Ekaakshee Coconut
My first hand experience of 1one-eye coconuts (only with 1 pore) and Blind Coconuts (none of the pores).....

When de-husked, of the coconut fiber is shaken near the ears, a the sound of water can be heard. The coconut shell intact with water is usually kept in Poojaa alter, as years go by, the shell will be darken with oily type grey black color covering the entire intact whole Coconut Shell, but less darken towards the region of where the 3 pores are supposed to be, but more darkened at the base. Its due to the formation of Coconut oil within the intact whole coconut shell.

When shaken, the coconut, the sound will be as heavy like an oily liquid movement within the whole coconut. Any extraneous sound like a solid substance (is the sign of the coconut pearl formation), along with the movement of liquid, will be heard as a dull sound of knocking of a solid to the inner walls of the whole coconut, a similar to the dull sound of an Aamalaa fruit in a small wooden box - a dull knocking with movement of liquid sound.

Beware, this information is known to fakers, (its a few million dollars business of these high tech faking) to incorporate tiny marine shell/conches shell's carved pearl like tiny pebble size, in some areas of the base very darken coconut shell with tiny cuts of holes to incorporate these marine shell carved pebbles into coconut and patch up the coconut shell back with glue (similar to Rudraaksh cutting and joining fakers) The sound is the first sign of whether that dull sound is because of as a organic formed real pearl formation or if that sound like a stony pebble in a wooden box. As few millions are involved, the buyer should request the seller to wash the darken part of coconut with a regular washing machine detergent to identify any surgical holes made and then patched up.

Testing of Coconut Pearl -
If sold as a coconut pearl, the test is to get a whole normal three-eyed coconut, but empty within of any coconut flesh (usually old coconut with its pores open and the flesh within taken out. If such a coconut is available - add some coconut oil into the whole empty shell and insert the said pearl and secure with a good amount of postal scotch tapes over the hole (usually over 1 of the 3 pores). And then if you shake it the sound you will hear will be dull, if the pearl is real or it will be like a pebble rattling in a wooden box (even with the oil within the empty coconut shell).

As true Coconut pearl is an organic formation of various fatty/oily matters into solidified form. True coconut pearls have layers of light brown fatty matter, followed by light ash grey fatty matters in sequence of one layer followed by another sequence. And when you hold real coconut pearl in your hand, it smells sweet over-powering the coconut oil. The true coconut pearl can be slightly incised (dug or cut into the coconut pearl) with thumb nail. A highly gold decorated coconut pearl of such fatty matters solidification is displayed in Brunei Royal Palace Museum with TV screen of the gold decoration, before video shoots and tests with thumb nail incision, and continued with gold decoration with fastening of a gold needle through the pearl and incorporation of other gold and diamonds decoration setting work.

When putting a one-eye or blind eye coconut in the Poojaa altar, its best to have a silver bowl as a base to make the coconut stand upright with one-eye looking towards Heavens or upright with pore facing the roof of the altar.

The reason to keep the silver base (a silver bowl to fit the coconut whole shell) is one to hold the coconut upright, and two as the years go by, and as the oil forms within the coconut, chances are there may be tiny hairline fissures naturally formed due to the heat and changing climatic conditions, and the whole coconut shell gets dried and dehydrated. The oily liquid within the shell will leak slowly, and also as this oily liquid seems to permeate through the unbroken or unfissured coconut shell like a sieve. Therefore this oily liquid can be stored, one as not to stain the Poojaa altar, two to store the oily liquid. This one-eye coconut oily liquid or blind coconut oily liquid is much prized and sought after as a well-known among Taantrik, as Kuber Naariyal oil, among general population, I did not get chance to hear from any common folks or the self appointed knowledgeable (gained knowledge from widely published book literary sources and internet) people. The Taantarik understanding is that the one-eye or blind eye coconuts are considered Lakshmee Coconuts and the oil secreted from such a coconut is called Kuber Naariyal Naai (coconut butter oil) or whatever.

The true Taantrik, Siddh and Rishi know this as Kuber Naariyal oil or Mecca Balm (Balm of Mecca) also known as Balm of Gilead. In North India it is known as Kuber Guggul and in the southern India as Kuber Gungguliyam. ...( Kubera Gum Resins). The historical fact is that the Jews destroyed the trees of Balm of Gilead around Jerusalem in 70 AD, from falling into the Romans' hands and some Jews are said to flee to Mecca with their seedlings.

But even today, the Balm of Gilead (from Taif near Mecca about 50 km) is sent to Tirupati, via an ancient Faarasee family of Gujaraat or Mumbai who fled from South Faaras (today's Busheer port, Eeraan) about 621 AD to the Indian North Eastern State of Gujaraat. There is a fascination of this oil. Similarly, two traditional families, one in Traavancore and another in near Kocheen (Trissur), also supply this Kuber Naariyal Oil liquid.

From the oral traditions I heard many years ago that the Kubera Nariyal and Mecca Balm resin is a very soft tenacious paste resin. When you try to get a bit it comes in a long string like paste, and its get stuck to your thumb and that finger (usually taken in Kuber Mudraa) style of fingers formation. This Gilead Balm resin has a fragrance indescribable Heavenly soothing fragrance unlike any ordoriferous substance to compare with the same fragrance, as the fragrance you have smelt in the innermost sanctum of Baalaajee in Tirupati after standing about 10 minutes in front of the door.  It is the same fragrance.

This oily mixture of Kuber Nariyal oil and Gilead Balm is mixed to a consistent mixture and used in dressing of Shree Baalaajee's face (the shiny blackness of His face is said to be given by this oily mixture) except the Nama iii and the white cut on His chin is dressed from Chalk (calcium carbonate) of whole (unbroken) Idhyapuree Shankh.

The tradition says that Kuber is repaying loan to Shree Baalaajee in this oily mixture form, given as loan, and not gold nor silver given as loan. As Lakshmee herself will be physically residing with the user of such oil mixture. This is the same oil that used in anointment of Kings and Queens at the crowning ceremonies, such as Solomon, David, and the present British Throne.

(if any of you used the Indian Lexicon that I, previously, many mysteries including this subject and even transmutation of metals and the herbs used in transmutation etc etc among varied mystic subjects but scientifically provable, - simple mediate upon your ancestors and your parents, then your Guru, and beseech knowledge guidance, the avenue will open to use the lexicon to the fullest - depends upon the intensity of what we did and what we are going to do (sincerity of purpose).


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Updated on 09/15/11