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Asvattha in Everyday Life as Related in Puranas

P.C. Ojha (Author)
Synopsis Asvattha the “Peepal” is deified as the manifestation of different gods. It has been also considered as the abode of gods and goddesses among rural, tribal and urban groups of people of India. Trees 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 Mahabharata, the Puranas, the Upanisads, 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” tree. 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.
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About the author

P.C. Ojha

The author of Asvattha is Everyday Life. As Related in Puranas is a Post graduate in Sanskrit from Utkal University in Orissa. He has also done his M.Phil., B.Ed. and L.L.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 lecturership, the author has three books to his credit (1) Easy Way to Sanskrit Translation, (2) Sanskrit Vyakarana Navanitam and (3) Gopi Gita. The author has also written many research articles.

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Title Asvattha in Everyday Life as Related in Puranas
Author P.C. Ojha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1991
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8185067643
length xvi+118, Figures; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.