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Why Mango Leaves are used for Decoration during Hindu Pujas and festivals in South India?

Torana or festoon of fresh mango leaves is an indispensable part in all South Indian Hindu pujas and festivals. Mango leaves are strung on a thread and hung on the doors and windows. The main reason why mango leaf is preferred is that they last longer than other leaves. They are also thick and sturdy. There is no specific symbolic meaning as such.It is believed that the long life of mango leaves helps it to generate oxygen. And this property of the leaf helps it to absorb carbon dioxide and infuse fresh oxygen. Therefore there is a popular belief that mango leaves are specifically used during pujas and festivals to generate oxygen as large crowd gather during these days in a confined place.Mango leaves are also used to cover the neck of the Kalash pot used during Puja.

Thoughts on Control of Mind from Yoga Vasishta

The mind, tainted by desire and aversion, contributes to worldly life; the very mind, stripped of them, is said to bring it to an end. It is mind that is creator of the world. Mind is the real person. That what is done by the mind is considered as really done and not that which is done by the body only.Except through the extinction of the mind brought about by the renunciation of the desired object – which is within a person’s capacity to do – there is no way to attain the plane of beatitude.Summoning up your will, by reducing the mind to nought, rise to the supreme state where there is none – neither you nor anyone else.Yoga Vasishta(Source: Journey to the Sublime – compiled by K N Subramanian)