Back to Roots : 18 Supari

It’s gets very intriguing to know that everything we use in our puja has a  wonderful story. Origin of the Supari is very old and ancient, it’s always has had a huge significance. Supari or the areca nut ( or ) is the seed of the areca palm (Areca catechu), which grows in much of the tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa. It is commonly referred to as betel nut, which is chewed wrapped in betel leaves (paan ).

Hinduism, has a plethora of rituals and practices, and in each of them we use numerous items.
It is believed that a supari has been their since the beginning of the Hindu mythology. In the yester years, it was used to play tambola with and is seen around the era of mahabharat or perhaps unclear.

Before start any puja, we chant mantra’s and invoke the blessings of the Navagraha. We use it to establish the deity before a puja. A supari holds huge relevance and significance in the Hindu mythology as  it’s said, that in the absence of a deity, or an image. it’s used to invoke the blessings of the entire god’s. It is a symbol of loyalty and represents different planets like mangal, Rahu, ketu surya and many more.

What typically happens is that Supari has the potential to represent a god or a human in their absence. In many Hindu homes, it’s even given away as a gift alongwith a janeu, betel nut leaf and a clove. There is a belief system that by giving away supari as a form of gift. We are giving the person the power of the universe and directing god’s to bless them. It’s considered a very pious act. In every act.of.performing the ritual and puja a supari is seen being used, whether it’s kalash sthapna or janeu,or dakshina or any act. It is also important to understand, that a supari after puja must be put in the running water where it’s cleansed.

Supari very beautifully connects the act of bridging us with the realm of divinity and the auspiciousness. So the next time you get a supari, remember to keep it very well in your puja.


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