Panch pallava

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Panch Pallava (literally "five leaves") is a ritual assortment of five different leaves used as a devak (totem) by the Maratha culture in India.

Among those clans holding the panch pallava as a devak, it is used ritually for marriages, funerals, and other important rites.

These five leaves used are generally from trees esteemed in Hindu belief, such as the kalamb, rui, agada, and umbar. The specific assortment varies by locality and availability.

Maratha clans using the panch pallava as their clan devak include: Bhoite, Bhonsale, Bagawe, Dalvi, Dharmaraj, Devkante, Devpunje, Gavhane, Gangaik, Ghatge, Harphale, Kale, Shisode, Surve, Shirsagr, Zaware and their sub clans.


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