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The Parijaat tree is a sacred baobab tree in the village of Kintur, near Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India, about which there are several legends.[1]

Mythology

Kintur, about 38 kilometres (24 mi) east of the district headquarters, Barabanki, was named after Kunti, mother of the Pandavas. There are a number ancient temples and their remains around this place. Near a temple established by Kunti, is a special tree called Parijaat which is said to grow from Kunti's ashes.[2] There are a number of legends about this tree which have popular acceptance. One being that Arjun brought this tree from heavens and Kunti used to offer and crown Lord Shiva with its flowers. Another saying being, that Lord Krishna brought this tree for his beloved queen Satyabhama. Historically, though these saying may have some bearing or not, but it is true that this tree is from a very ancient background.[3]

According to the Harivansh Puraan the Parijaat Tree is a kalp-vraksh, or wish bearing tree, which, apart from this tree, is only found in heaven.[1] Newly-weds visit the tree for blessings, and every Tuesday a fair is held where local people worship the tree.[4]

Parijaat flower

The leaves of this tree in the lower portion has five tips like the fingers of a hand, while at the upper reaches it has seven. Its flower is very beautiful and white in colour, on drying out it takes on golden tinge. This flower has five petals. This tree blossoms very occasionally, with very few flower, but when it does, that is after the 'Ganga Dashehra', spreads its fragrance far and wide. The age of this tree is said to be 1000 to 5000 years. The perimeter of the trunk of this tree is around 50 feet and height of around 45 feet. There is another popular saying that, its branches do not break or dryout but shrink and disappear into the original trunk. The nearby people consider it to be their protector and obliging, henceforth they protect its leaves and flowers at all costs. Local people hold it in high esteem, in addition to the large number of tourists who visit to see this unique tree.

References

  1. ^ a b Wickens, Gerald E.; Pat Lowe (2008). The Baobabs: Pachycauls of Africa, Madagascar and Australia. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 61. ISBN 9781402064302.  
  2. ^ Kameshwar, G. (2006). Bend in the Sarayu: a soota chronicle. Rupa & Co.. p. 159. ISBN 9788129109422.  
  3. ^ Uttar Pradesh District Gazetteers: Bara Banki. Government of Uttar Pradesh. 1993. p. 21. OCLC 7625267.  
  4. ^ "Tree From Paradise". Indiatimes. http://spirituality.indiatimes.com/articleshow/-1798953681.cms. Retrieved 27 November 2009.  
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