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Kalyanpuri Brahmana Maha Sabha
81, 41st Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore – 560082
KARTIKA VANA BHOJANAM In the Indian Tradition, plants are considered to be of divine nature and worshipped. Tulasi, Amla, Bilwa and Durva are used in Pujas and are considered divine. Traditionally, Hindus offer Puja to these trees during Kartika Masa and partake Food under these trees which is known as ‘Kartika Vana Bhojanam’, which is widely prevalent in Andhra Pradesh.
Amla is called VAYASTHA (VAYAS = AGE STHA = Constant) because Amla prevents ageing process and is a powerful rejuvenating herb. Amla is considered as a symbol of good health. The Festival of Amla Navami is celebrated at the start of Winter Season.
Likewise, Tulasi is one of the most sacred plants with medicinal values. It also symbolises Goddess Lakshmi . Those wish to have righteous and happy family life must worship Tulasi.
Satyabhama once weighed Krishna with all her wealth. The scales did not balance. When a Single Tulasi Leaf was placed by Rukmini, the scale balanced.
Bilwa is always associated with Shiva. Thus many plants have found mention in our scriptures. By participating in poojas to these plants and vrukshas, we Hindus declare “all that exist is God and we are one with them.”
Kalyanapuri Brahmana Maha Sabha (under the auspices of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam) along with Sri Sankara Smartha Sanskrutha Paatasala, Bangalore celebrated Vana Mahotsavam on 20th November, 2011 (Sunday), offered Pujas to Bilwa, Tulasi and Amla as prescribed. Many participated with their family members and took Lunch under the trees. It was considered a religious, cultural and social function. All strongly felt that functions of this nature should be celebrated all over the country as a Festival of the Nation to strengthen our relations and concern for nature.
Reportage: S. Rajagopal