Author: P C OjhaPublisher: Sundeep PrakashanYear: 1991Language: EnglishPages: 134ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185067643
Asvattha, the Peepal, is deified as the manifestation of different gods. It has been also considered as the abode of gods and goddesses among the rural, tribal and urban groups of the people of India. Trees have played a great role of significance in human life and the adoration of trees is perhaps one of the ancient forms of worship. The description of Asvattha has been found in almost all the religious scriptures, i.e. the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, the Upanishads and the Vedas, and its importance have been found in the folk tradition also. The worship of trees is not confined to the Indian subcontinent but also prevails in other parts of the globe. The book narrates the importance accorded to the Asvattha in umpteen aspects of a person's life, as culled from the Puranas in particular.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTPREFACEFOREWORDABBREVIATIONSINTRODUCTIONGenesis of Tree WorshipTree Worship in Other CountriesTree Worship in Ancient IndiaOrigin of AsvatthaASVATTHA IN VEDIC LITERATUREAsvattha in the TrayiAsvattha in the AtharvavedaAsvattha in the BrahmanasAsvattha in the UpanisadsAsvattha in the Sutra LiteratureASVATTHA IN EPICS AND PURANASAsvattha in the Ramayana and the MahabharataAsvattha in Purana LiteratureAsvattha-Abode of VisnuAsvattha in Different RitesASVATTHA IN FOLK TRADITIONAsvattha, The Abode of GodsAsvattha, the Abode of Nagas (Snakes)Asvattha, the Abode of Mischievous SpiritsAsvattha Worship for Gaining MeritAsvattha in Fertility, Rite and ProsperityAsvattha in Funeral Rites and Propitiating AncestorsAsvattha in Curing DiseasesAsvattha in Averting EvilsAsvattha Related to Various Fasts and FestivalsFelling Asvatha is a SacrilegePlantation of Asvattha, a Source of God's GraceConsecration of AsvatthaAsvattha in Art and SculptureCONCLUSIONBIBLIOGRAPHYAPPENDIXINDEX