On a recent trip to Mysore, my mom expressed a desire to see the garden at http://www.dattapeetham.com/ in Mysore. So off we went, and we were in for such a treat. There were bonsai versions of ravi, marri, bilva and so many other trees that we only read about in the pUjA paddhatIs.
So we were able to see minature versions of the bodhi tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment, the sacred as’wattha and so many other variants of ficus.
The garden itself is very neat and organised and there is a garden of all the Kishkinda plants and trees.
Photography is not allowed, so serious students will have to take a pen, pencil and paper and resort to sketches and notes. Both the medicinal and mystical uses of all the plants were displayed on placards.
And then I got this idea.
May the 21 leaves used for Ganesha’s Pujas are not arbitrary at all. Just like the Tulasi Leaf which is sacred to Krishna has medicinal as well as spiritual signifcance.. .. the 21 leaves used for Ganesha Puja must have some practical as well as divine significance.
Gods are always fond of plants and foods which their devotees like, are benefitted by and have access to.
So a home which maintains access to these 21 kinds of leaves for the sake of worshipping Ganesha is very likely to be doing itself a huge favour.
We also saw the well maintained amazing museum and I bowed to the deity Mulikeswara for good health. Dattapeetham is an inspiration for anyone who strives to serve this cause in as perfect a way as possible.
I would like to go back next time with a note book and writing implements and take serious notes.
- Durva Grass
- Apa Marga
- Choota (Mango leaves)
- Vishnu Kranta
- Daadimi (Pomegranate)
- Nimba (Neem)
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