What if you had a tree that fulfilled all of your wishes?Good food,expensive clothes, money, everything?I am not joking.If you are planning to visit India, then, read on..
The village of Mangaliyawas in Ajmer holds the distinction of having a Kalpavriksha, the magical tree.So does,a village in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh.
But, what is Kalpavriksha?
According to Indian traditions, millions of years ago, the gods and demons decided to churn the ocean for the overall benefit of the humanity..Several goodies came up the ocean and one of them was the blessed tree of Kalpavriksha. It was supposed to grant every boon to anyone who stayed or lived under it.Such was its power !
The gods or devas were clever.One day, the Lord of the devas decamped with the tree and for a long long time, the sacred tree remained with them until, one day,when Lord Krishna decided to own it.He attacked Nandanvan or the garden of Indra, Lord of devas and made Indra surrender the sacred tree.The tree was later gifted by Krishna to Satyabhama , his wife.
There is a popular belief that Kalpavriksha is still present in India.There are at least two places in India- Mangaliyawas in Ajmer (Rajasthan) and Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh)-that claim to have Kalpvriksha.I am not sure that these trees actually fulfil any boon to the locals but the species of these trees are extremely beneficial.For example, the Kalpavriksha in Rajasthan is actually a tree called Khejari that is extremely useful to the local community in providing firewood and also helps regenerate groundwater.Its roots go down deep in the soil and help check soil erosion.During extreme weather, the leavesof this tree remain green and are fit for consumption by domestic cattle like camels, sheep, goats , cows and bulls.
In the remote areas of India like Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, the plant of mahua is considered Kalpavriksha,as it provides for the local needs of the community.
In the mountainous stretches of Uttarakhand Himalayas,there is a particular mulberry tree that is supposed to be more than 2400 years old and is considered to be Kalpavrisha .Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest philosophers that this world has seen, is said to have meditated under this tree.Elsewhere, in the Himalayas,a particular tree, Chyur provides butter, jaggery and other good things to the local community.
A large number of Indians worship Ashwath or pipal tree as Kalpavriksha as it is supposed to be the abode of Hindu gods.
But, the Kalpavriksha at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh is the tree that Lord Krishna is said to have been brought from Indra’s garden.It is actually baobab,a tree that is quite familiar to the people of Africa.
So, you see, there are different interpretations to this magical tree of Kalpavriksha.
But, the story isn’t over yet! Do you know that Lord Shiva has a daughter too? Upon the birth of this daughter, the Lord requested Kalpavriksha to take care of the newborn child.This child grew up to be the Goddess of nature or forests and is called Vandevi.
So, what do you think of this post, friends?I hope, I have been able to tell you a little more of the amazing and offbeat destinations of India.
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