Pomegranates figure in many religious paintings by the likes of Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, often in the hands of Virgin Mary or the infant Jesus. The fruit, broken or bursting open, is a symbol of the fullness of his suffering and resurrection. In fact, pomegranate was cited as a desired food and a symbol of beauty in the Bible. For example, in Song of Solomon 4:3, it reads “Your lips are like a ribbon of scarlet. Oh, how beautiful your mouth! Your cheeks behind your veil are like pomegranate halves lovely and delicious. ”
An Halal Food
Prophet Mohammed is said to have praised the pomegranate for its nutritional and spiritual values, and encouraged his followers to eat them as a means of purifying their bodies of envy and hatred.
The Arab Bedouins weddings prominently feature pomegranates—a ripe fruit is split open by the groom as he and his bride enter their home. Abundant arils ensure that the couple who eats it will have many children. Similar culture rituals have been around in Northern China for centuries.
Hindu and Buddhism
In Buddhism, the pomegranate is one of the three Blessed Fruits of Buddhism, along with citrus and peach.
In every Hindu function, invocation to Lord Ganesha for His blessings takes precedence over all other Gods to ward off any mishap. This has been the practice from the Vedic times. The Vedas, some of the oldest religious texts in Hinduism, consider the pomegranate, with its inner treasure of edible seeds, a symbol of fertility and prosperity. It is also revered for its health benefits.
Lord Ganesha's image is revealed in 32 forms; of those, 6 of them appear with pomegranate.