Asvattha the "Peepal' is deified as the
manifestation of different gods. It has been also considered as the abobe of
gods and goddesses among rural, tribal and urban groups of people of India.
have played a very great role of significance in human life and the adoration of
trees is perhaps one of the ancient forms of worship. Trees and plants are the
supreme creation of the vegetable kingdom as man to the animal kingdom. The
cutting of the Asvattha tree or the incision of its leaves is considered a great
sacrilege. Asvattha is considered as a very sacred tree in the abode of Visnu.
The description of Asvattha has been found in almost all the religious epics
i.e. the Ramayana, the Vedas and its importance has been found in
the Folk Tradition also.
The worship of trees is not confined in Indian
subcontinent but also in other parts of the globe. The survey of global study
depicts that the tree worship is a very old custom in foreign countries. There
are various types of trees in the world. Asvattha is one of the most popular and
prominent tree all over the world. Asvattha tree is also known a "Peepal"
Asvattha has been considered as the tree of 'Atman', the abode of
mischievous spirits, for gaining merit, in fertility rite and prosperity, in
curing diseases, in averting evils, in various festivals, in art and sculpture
and what not and what not. In other words it can be said with great confidence
that the topics dealt by the author on Asvattha tree is unending because its
spectrum is very broad. This treatise will be a real asset to all the libraries
and individual readers.
About the Author:
The author of Asvattha in Everyday life. As Related in Puranas is a
most graduate in Sanskrit from Utkal University in Orissa. He has also done his
M.Phil. B.Ed. and LL.B. from Orissa. The author, Purna Chandra Ojha has served
as the Principal of Bahugram College at Cuttack in Orissa from 1980 to 85. At
present he is working as a lecturer in Sanskrit at Salipur College at Cuttack.
he is an untiring personality and he is doing his Ph.D. Besides his assignment
of lectureship, the author has three books to his credit (i) Easy Way to
Sanskrit Translation, (ii) Sanskrit Vyakarana Navanitam and (iii) Gopi
Gita, besides many other books which are under publication. The author has
also written many research articles. The author in his present book has dealt
with various aspects of Asvattha in a very comprehensive manner.
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