It is amazing how a Camera records Images I had not even seen.
I must admit that I do not even recall see the Sacred “Sita Ashok” Tree despite it being laden with bunches of Flowers in Orange.
Today is the 15th of August and it happens to be the 70th Independence Day of the largest Democracy in the World, The Republic of India.
The Eco friendly Green Map Of India below was seen in the Konni Elephant Rescue Center, Konni, Kerala where I first Spotted a Grove of Sita Ashok Trees.
I took the following picture in the Konni Elephant Park from the back of an Asian Elephant . I have written a post yesterday titled MAMMOTH BATH which may interest the readers of this post.
This Glorious Evergreen Tree is etched in Indian History from the days of the Ancient Epic Poem The Ramayana.( Exact date varies from 4500 BCE to 400 BCE).
The beautiful Queen Sita was abducted and held captive by the Evil Demon King Ravana under the sacred “Ashoka” ( name in Hindi and other Indian languages) tree in an Orchard called Ashoka Vatika in modern Sri Lanka.( the green island shaped like a rain drop in the map above is Sri Lanka)
The Saraca asoka Tree ( Scientific name), Hemapushpa ( Sanskrit) bears clusters of Orange Flowers which caught my eye.( do see the Featured Image) . However am still bewildered how I missed the flower laden tree in the courtyard of the Gorgeous Padmanabhapuram Palace.
The Orange ( from the flowers) , White ( from Sunlight) and Green (from the leaves) are the colours of the Tricolour ( the Indian Flag) which can be seen fluttering across the Country today.
The Sita Ashoka Tree is native to India and belongs the Gulmohar family “Caesalpinoidae”.
As the Ashoka tree is intricately linked to Indian Mythology for Over Three Millennia it literally means that which removes Sorrow or Grief of Women.
Ayurveda or the Indian school of medicine prescribes the bark of the tree as a pain reliever and effective for controlling blood disorders especially in Women.
It is this very tree “Asoka” which provides solace to Sita as she laments for her husband Rama, who is at the heart of the Epic “Ramayana “.
I took the picture above of the Palace Grounds from inside the Padmanabhapuram Palace ( now in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu, India) and noticed the Asoka tree with the Orange Blossoms only today as I was Selecting the Pictures for this Post.
Am Enchanted by the mix of Nature, History and Mythology on this splendid day of Indian Independence.