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Sacred Trees at the Kumbh Mela

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Sacred Trees at Kumbh Mela

A sacred peepal (Ficus religiosa) at a Hanuman Temple at the edge of the Mela Grounds towards the city of Allahabad proper; the sign reads, in Sanskrit on the left and Hindi on the right, “Shiva resides in the southern portion of the peepal tree, Vishnu lives in its western part, Brahma is located in the northern part, and in the eastern part is Indra”. The line of Hindi running along the bottom asks devotees not to put iron nails in the tree but only to perform puja, a request perhaps meant to apply not just to this specimen but to peepal trees in general.

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Written by Nicolas Roth

January 19, 2013 at 2:10 am

Posted in All, Green Kumbh, Religion

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  1. Read your posts – good slowly getting the feeling I am there too. Have posted you on our face book https://www.facebook.com/BritishHinduVoice – Hope you get more readers. Good luck Mukesh Naker

    Mukesh Naker

    January 19, 2013 at 9:16 pm


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