Tree: 2 definitions
Tree means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)
Worship of Trees formed a part of the Navarātra Tantric ritual (an autumnal festival of the warrior goddess Caṇḍikā).—The sixth (ṣaṣṭhī) and the seventh (saptamī) lunar days involve awakening the goddess in a bilva tree (bodhana), worship of goddess as Cāmuṇḍā and Kālī in the branch, summoning her nine radiations in nine leaves (navapatrapūjā/patrikāpūjā), enlivening an unfired clay image of the goddess (prāṇapratiṣṭhā).—Various 8th century sources refer to rituals such as the worship of trees, for example: Devīpurāṇa, Kālikāpurāṇa, Kṛtyakalpataru, Durgābhaktitaraṅgiṇī, Durgāpūjātattva, Durgāpūjāviveka, Bhadrakālīmantravidhiprakaraṇa in Sanderson (2007); account of the Durgā Pūjā in Kelomal, West Bengal (Nicholas 2013).
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
India history and geographySource: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (history)
Trees, forests and groves close to human settlements have been venerated throughout the subcontinent up to the present day as the abodes of deities and a range of supernatural beings. References to these beings, of which the most well known type is the Yakṣa and his mate the Yakṣiṇī, are common in early Buddhist and Jain literature. They are well known to art historians also. The Barhut Stūpa and other early Buddhist monuments abound with their images. The earliest standing statue carved in the round so far recovered is the famous Pārkham’s Yakṣa preserved in the museum at Mathura. It was probably made in the third century BCE and may well have stood under a tree.
Note: A distinction may have to be made not only between the concept of the tree itself as divine and the spirit supposed to be residing in it, but also, with respect to the latter, amongst the spirits of the trees in general, of particular trees close to habitation areas, of trees in a grove or forest, and of the spirits of groves and forests as a whole.—(Cf. Tiwari, 1985:21)
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
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Search found 384 books and stories containing Tree; (plurals include: Trees). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 252 - Greatness of Trees < [Section 1 - Tīrtha-māhātmya]
Chapter 247 - Greatness of Aśvattha Tree < [Section 1 - Tīrtha-māhātmya]
Chapter 1 - Increase in the Height of Vindhya < [Section 1 - Pūrvārdha]
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 58 - In Praise of Planting Trees etc. < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]
Chapter 28 - The rite (vidhi) of planting of trees (pādapa) < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]
Chapter 102 - Aśokasundarī is Born < [Section 2 - Bhūmi-khaṇḍa (section on the earth)]
The Agni Purana (by N. Gangadharan)
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 8.285 < [Section XLII - Assaults]
Verse 5.6 < [Section II - Objectionable Food]
Verse 6.26 < [Section III - Details of the Hermit’s Life]
Brihat Samhita (by N. Chidambaram Iyer)
The Jataka tales [English], Volume 1-6 (by Robert Chalmers)
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