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Palasha Vriksh, Butea monosperma (Lam.) Taub. in Vedic Tradition

Dhananjay Vasudeo Dwivedi*
Department of Sanskrit, Ranchi College, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received 15th December, 2009; Revised 20th February, 2010

Abstract : It is a well established fact that the Vedic Literature is a repository to all kinds of knowledge.  This sacred Literature is the lighthouse for humanity.  After going through the literature one would find the prominence of nature therein.  And, among various constituents of nature, high importance has been given to plants.  Among numbers of plants mentioned in Vedic Literature, Palasha (Butea monosperma) is highly revered.  It finds mention as “Parna’ in Riga Veda & Atharva Veda.  The plant is significant from both cultural and medicinal point of view.  If tri-foliate formation of its leaves represents the Holy trinity with Vishnu in the middle, Brahma on the left and Shiva on the right on one hand, it is used for medicinal purposes on the other hand.


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