Monday, 21 October 2019

Our Connection With Nature

Indian mythology is filled with reference to nature. Krishna was a cowherd boy, Ram was worshipped by Hanuman (monkey God), Ganesha had an elephant face. These are some of the big ones we all know, but there are some short stories giving ode to nature and our Gods and Godesses.

In the Indian state of Kerala, royal poinciana is called kaalvarippoo which means "the flower of Calvary". There is a popular belief among Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala that when Jesus was crucified, there was a small royal poinciana tree nearby his Cross. It is believed that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed over the flowers of the tree and this is how the flowers of royal poinciana got a sharp red color.

There are flowers in parts of Maharashtra called Sita Aasave (meaning tears of Sita). It is believed that when Raavana captured Sita, they traveled to Lanka from this route and when Sita's tears landed on the earth, the Earth (mother of Sita) blossomed these flowers cherishing even the tears of her daughter.

Such beautiful stories which bind our emotions to the nature.

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