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Hindu Temple Dedicated to Tree – Vruksha Narayan Temple in Sabarkantha District in Gujarat

VrukshaNarayanTemple, which opened on October 17, 2010, at DerolVillage in Sabarkantha District in Gujarat in India is dedicated to a tree. The tree is worshipped as the deity. Inspiration for this form of nature worship comes the famous Upanishad teaching – A tree is equal to ten sons. It wants care and water only for five years and makes one rich with its ten gifts which are oxygen, water, soil, food, cloth, energy, shelter, medicine, fodder and shade. VrukshaNarayanTemple is the brainchild of ardent environmentalist Jitendra Patel from Gujarat who was nominated as the first 'Green Ambassador' of Mehsana by Gujarat government. He is also the sole recipient from the state of the Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi Vruksha Mitra national award.  The temple has been designed as a banyan tree and is 18 ft high and 20 ft wide. Jitendra Patel has also come out with a Vrukshanarayan Katha on the lines of Satya Narayan Katha that personifies tree as god. Times of India reports "The Derol p…

Santana Gopala Vratam – Santanagopala Vrata

Santana Gopala Vratam is dedicated to Sri Krishna and is observed on the Purnima day in Ashwin month as per traditional calendar followed in South India. Santana Gopala Vratam 2018 date is September 25. Santanagopala Vrata is observed on the Purnima day in Kanni month in Kerala.

The Vrata is observed by those married couples who want to have children. Parents observe it for the welfare of their children.

Prayers on the day are dedicated to Sri Krishna. Devotees also visit Sri Krishna temples and make special offerings.

The Santana Gopala Mantra is also chanted on the day while offering prayers Om Devaki Sudha Govinda
Vasudeva Jagath Pathe
Dehimey Thanayam
Krishna Thwamaham
Saranam Kadhahaa Deva Deva Jagannatha
Gothra Vridhi Karap Prabho
Dehimey Thanayam Sheegram
Ayushmandham Yashashreenam!

Swami Turiyananda Quotes

It is because men cannot hold to patience that they fail to achieve anything. Else there is no other reason for failure. God is not partial. His grace is on all, the good and the evil, just as rains fall equally on all places. Whoever tills the land reaps the harvest. Man is too often afraid to surrender. He thinks he will lose something; but one never loses when he gives himself absolutely to God. Swami Turiyananda (1863–1922) - Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa