The previous post titled ” Colour me Saffron” was an introduction to the ancient town of Ujjain located in Central India.
Mythology, Faith and Nature are magically interwoven in India and it is hard to separate them.
I was in Ujjain for the “Simhastha Mahakumbh” ( a bathing festival held once in 12 years) and was lucky to spot the “Kadam” Tree steeped in Folklore and Mythology going back to over 3500 years.
The Kadam ( Hindi), Kadamb ( Sanskrit), Neolamarckia cadamba ( Scientific Name) is an Evergreen Tree native to the Indian Subcontinent.
The picture below is of a gorgeous specimen located within the Harsiddhi Temple, Ujjain.
The Harsiddhi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.
I was happy to learn the Kadam Tree is said to be a Divine Tree that is the abode of the Goddess Parvati. Thus it is no surprise a Majestic Tree towering to over 45 feet ( 13.7 metres) is located within the temple complex dedicated to the Goddess.
Folklore also links the Tree to Lord Krishna and numerous miniature paintings can be seen depicting the Lord with his Gopis under the Kadamb Tree.
A zoom in reveals numerous Saffron coloured fragrant Orbs of Flowers.
The Kadamb Tree ( marked in Hindi on a board on the top) is worshiped by devotees who throng the city of Ujjain in millions during the “Mahakumbh”.
The Base of the Tree Trunk also has two Shivlings , symbols of Lord Shiva.
Faith ensures Nature is protected over thousands of years.
The Yellow-Saffron Orbs are a cluster of flowers which have also been a source of Perfumes in former times.
Divine Tree associated with a Goddess is also a Living Pharmacy as each part of the tree is used to heal in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian School of Medicine .
I feel Blessed to have observed this Wonderful and Divine Tree in bloom as I exited the Shaktipeeth in Ujjain.