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Shriphal in Hindu Pujas and Rituals

Coconut is known as Shriphal in Hindu pujas and rituals. Coconut is considered pure and auspicious. It is also regarded as symbolic of Ganesha. In some regions banana is also considered as Shriphal. Before any auspicious function or inauguration or even before using a car, a coconut is broken and offered. Coconut is also offered as dakshina to priest, guru and elders. Coconut is Shriphal because it has three eyes and the water and kernel in it is pure and untouched or polluted. So it is an ideal offering. Another reason for choosing coconut as shriphal is because it is available 365 days and is not seasonal.

Alwarthirunagari Temple in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Fifth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Guru or Jupiter

Alwarthirunagari Temple, also known as Athinatha Alwar Temple, or Alwarthirunagari Permual Temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the fifth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Jupiter (Navagraha Guru or Brihaspati). The place is mentioned in the Brahmananda Purana and it is believed to be the birthplace of Nammalvar. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Aathinathan or Aathipiran. The Swamyabhu murti of Vishnu faces east and is in standing posture. The feet of the murti are buried under earth. Goddess Lakshmi and Bhudevi are worshipped here as Aathinathanayaki and Thirukkurukornayaki. The shrine is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River. The sacred water body in the temple is known as Brahma Theertham. The sacred tree associated with the shrine is Tamarind Tree. Those having problems in life due to the bad positioning of Brishaspati or Guru in their life will get relief af