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The betel-nut is a part of the age old-custom of Indian eating and is an integral part of the daily or ritualistic Puja too. The Supari represents “dessert” to aid in the digestion of the meal that was just served to the guest. These are of great medicinal benefit, since both are enriched with calcium. The supari is symbolic of the nut of the ego that must be offered on the altar of God. It represents the hard, coarse qualities that must be surrendered to God, leaving only the soft, pure qualities. Mostly symbolic the Supari is many a times traditionally represented as the Nine planets (in the Navgrah Puja) and takes the form of Deities like Brahma, Surya and others during various different Pujas.

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Supari or Areca nut are commonly used in Hindu rituals. Every Puja Thali has this famous ingredient. It is useful during Ghatasthapana along with Paan leaves.

1. Supari is a hard nut which resembles the hardships of a human’s life. It is believed that we transfer our hard qualities to the Gods hoping that they resolve them.

2. It is believed that the hard Supari nut also signifies strength, longevity and prosperity.

3. Due to its round shape Supari is used in Navgraha Pujas where it represents the Grahas like Mangal, Rahu, Ketu and Surya.

4. It also represents Hindu deities like Brahma, Yama, Varun and Indra.

5. If one does not have idols for Puja, it is possible to use Supari as a substitute to them.

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The betel nut is an integral part of the daily or ritualistic Puja. It is also popularly used in the age old-custom of Indian eating. The supari is symbolic of the nut of the ego that must be offered on the altar of God. It represents the hard, coarse qualities that must be surrendered to God, leaving only the soft, pure qualities.

Mostly symbolic the Supari is many a times traditionally represented as the Nine planets (in the Navgrah Puja) and takes the form of Deities like Brahma, Surya and others during different Pujas. The betel nut can also represent a human being. In Maharashtra, the wife’s presence is must at important religious rituals. But if she is away or dead, a betel nut wrapped in a cloth can represent her. In Bengal, betel nut is believed to carry magical properties. it is placed under the pillow at night so that the sleeping person can see his future in dreams.

Betel nuts are believed to increase prosperity and they are tied to the pandal, the grinder, the pounding stone, large utensils and the bridegroom’s clothes. In North-West India, milk and cooked rice is offered to the village deity when betel nut trees are planted. This is called Deonar puja. In Vikrampur, Goddess Bhagawati is worshipped as a mark of respect for the betel nut.

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