Coconuts are regarded as holy in almost all temples. It is believed that offering a coconut to a deity will ensure that one’s prayers are answered.
One such temple in India where the coconut is considered to be the favourite of the Goddess, is the Maa Tarini temple of Odisha. Situated amongst the thick Sal forests on NH 215, around 45 kms from Keonjhar in Ghatagaon, this temple is also known as Nadia Rani or the Queen of Coconuts. The temple receives close to 20,000 coconuts every day, going up to 1 lakh on festive days.
So, you must be wondering that how a small temple of a village gets such a large number of coconuts on a daily basis?
Here is the answer of your quest, This temple in Odisha receives thousands of coconuts from its devotees every day through a unique and indigenous courier service that does not rely on sophisticated delivery networks or money, but entirely on faith.
Just stand on any highway in Odisha with your coconut offering, wrapped in a red cloth, and the next bus or truck that passes by will stop to pick it up and deliver it to its destination- the Maa Tarini temple at Ghatagaon.
And in case the driver isn’t headed to Ghatagaon, he’ll pass it on to another driver going in that direction. The entire process is like passing the baton in a relay race. The drivers finally drop the coconuts off at numerous collection boxes placed at Ghatagaon, from where the entire lot are taken and offered by the priests to Goddess Maa Tarini.
No driver will seek any monetary benefit for this service, nor will he refuse to carry the offering of coconuts.
So, next time if you are travelling to Odisha, don’t be surprised to find buses stopping by to pick up coconuts from devotees.