The coconut is harvested when it is green. It is harvested to drink its juice; a big nut contains up to one liter of refreshing drink. After ripening the white, fleshy part of the seed is edible and used fresh or dried in cooking. Coconuts are extensively used in Hindu religious rites. Coconuts are usually offered to the gods, and a coconut is smashed on the ground or on some object as part of an initiation or inauguration of building projects, facility, ship, etc.