The coconut is used as an offering to Gods in traditional Hindu Rituals. As part of the ritual, its anointed with vermillion and turmeric. The coconut is then hit on the ground to split it the water collected and the two pieces arranged next to the Gods(touches of vermillion are again applied on the spilt pieces). Some eat the fresh coconut as blessing others remove the coconut after a while and dry it in the Sun. The coconut warps as shown and is easy to remove as a whole half-coconut. It is then grated for use in cooking.
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