Asvattha in Everyday Life as Related in Puranas

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Asvattha the "Peepal' is deified as the manifestation of different gods. It has been also considered as the abobe of gods and goddesses among rural, tribal and urban groups of people of India.

Trees have played a very great role of significance in human life and the adoration of trees is perhaps one of the ancient forms of worship. Trees and plants are the supreme creation of the vegetable kingdom as man to the animal kingdom. The cutting of the Asvattha tree or the incision of its leaves is considered a great sacrilege. Asvattha is considered as a very sacred tree in the abode of Visnu. The description of Asvattha has been found in almost all the religious epics i.e. the Ramayana, the Vedas and its importance has been found in the Folk Tradition also.

The worship of trees is not confined in Indian subcontinent but also in other parts of the globe. The survey of global study depicts that the tree worship is a very old custom in foreign countries. There are various types of trees in the world. Asvattha is one of the most popular and prominent tree all over the world. Asvattha tree is also known a "Peepal" tree.

Asvattha has been considered as the tree of 'Atman', the abode of mischievous spirits, for gaining merit, in fertility rite and prosperity, in curing diseases, in averting evils, in various festivals, in art and sculpture and what not and what not. In other words it can be said with great confidence that the topics dealt by the author on Asvattha tree is unending because its spectrum is very broad. This treatise will be a real asset to all the libraries and individual readers.

About the Author:

The author of Asvattha in Everyday life. As Related in Puranas is a most graduate in Sanskrit from Utkal University in Orissa. He has also done his M.Phil. B.Ed. and LL.B. from Orissa. The author, Purna Chandra Ojha has served as the Principal of Bahugram College at Cuttack in Orissa from 1980 to 85. At present he is working as a lecturer in Sanskrit at Salipur College at Cuttack. he is an untiring personality and he is doing his Ph.D. Besides his assignment of lectureship, the author has three books to his credit (i) Easy Way to Sanskrit Translation, (ii) Sanskrit Vyakarana Navanitam and (iii) Gopi Gita, besides many other books which are under publication. The author has also written many research articles. The author in his present book has dealt with various aspects of Asvattha in a very comprehensive manner.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgement v
Preface vii
Foreword ix
Abbreviations xi
I. INTRODUCTION 1-17
Genesis of Tree Worship 3
Tree Worship in Other Countries 5
Tree Worship in Ancient India 13
Origin of Asvattha 14
II. ASVATTHA IN VEDIC LITERATURE 19-27
Asvattha in the Trayi 21
Asvattha in the Atharvaveda 23
Asvattha in the Brahmanas 24
Asvattha in the Upanisads 25
Asvattha in the Sutra Literature 26
III. ASVATTHA IN EPICS AND PURANAS 29-55
Asvattha in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata 31
Asvattha in Purana Literature 35
Asvattha-Abode of Visnu 40
Asvattha in different rites 41
IV. ASVATTHA IN FOLK TRADITION 57-79
Asvattha, the Abode of Gods 59
Asvattha, the Abode of Nagas (snakes) 63
Asvattha, the Tree of Atman 65
Asvattha, the Abode of Mischievous Spirits 65
Asvattha worship for Gaining Merit 65
Asvattha in Fertility, Rite and Prosperity 66
Asvattha in Funeral Rites and Propitiating Ancestors 70
Asvattha in Curing Diseases 71
Asvattha in Averting Evils 72
Asvattha Related to various Fasts and Festivals 73
Felling Asvattha is a Sacrilege 75
Plantation of Asvattha, a Source of God's Grace 76
Consecration of Asvattha 77
Asvattha in Art and Sculpture 77
V. CONCLUSION 81-94
Bibliography 95
Appendix 105
Index 115

Item Code: IDF201
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 1991
Publisher: Sundeep Prakashan
ISBN: 8185067643
Size: 9.6" X 7.2"
Pages: 134