SACRED INDEPENDENCE

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.

in the palace
The “Sita Ashok” Tree I missed

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.

Green Indian Map
Green Map of India

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 tree
The First Tree I Spotted

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 “.

The Padmanabha Palace
Inside the Padmanabhapuram Palace

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.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

36 thoughts on “SACRED INDEPENDENCE”

  1. Lovely photos. The green India is especially appropriate for you today. Happy Independence Day! One of your beautiful daughters had an astounding performance in the Olympics in the gymnastics arena. India, a vast place filled with mystery and beauty in every corner.

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