Parijaat tree, Kintoor

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For the species of flowering tree, see Parijat.
Parijat tree at Kintoor, Barabanki
Parijat tree at Kintoor, Barabanki
Parijat tree at Kintoor, Barabanki

The Parijaat tree is a sacred baobab tree in the village of Kintoor, near Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India, about which there are several legends.[1][2]

Mythology[edit]

Kintur, about 38 kilometres (24 mi) east of the district headquarters, Barabanki, was named after Kunti, mother of the Pandavas. There are a number ancient temples and their remains around this place. Near a temple established by Kunti, is a special tree called Parijaat which is said to grow from Kunti's ashes.[3] There are a number of legends about this tree which have popular acceptance. One being that Arjun brought this tree from heavens and Kunti used to offer and crown Lord Shiva with its flowers. Another saying being, that Lord Krishna brought this tree for his beloved queen Satyabhama or Rukmini.[4] Historically, though these saying may have some bearing or not, but it is true that this tree is from a very ancient background.[5]

According to the Harivansh Puraan the Parijaat Tree is a Kalpavriksha, or wish bearing tree, which, apart from this tree, is only found in heaven.[2] Newly-weds visit the tree for blessings, and every Tuesday a fair is held where local people worship the tree.[6]


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://barabanki.nic.in/places.htm
  2. ^ a b Wickens, Gerald E.; Pat Lowe (2008). The Baobabs: Pachycauls of Africa, Madagascar and Australia. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-4020-6430-2. 
  3. ^ Kameshwar, G. (2006). Bend in the Sarayu: a soota chronicle. Rupa & Co. p. 159. ISBN 978-81-291-0942-2. 
  4. ^ "Experts to save ancient Parijat tree". Times of India. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Uttar Pradesh District Gazetteers: Bara Banki. Government of Uttar Pradesh. 1993. p. 21. OCLC 7625267. 
  6. ^ "Tree From Paradise". Indiatimes. Retrieved 27 November 2009. [dead link]

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