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Religious Significance of Bakula Tree in Hinduism – Kesara or Spanish Cherry Tree

Bakula is a tree of religion significance in Hinduism. It is popularly known as Spanish Cherry, Indian Medlar Tree and Bullet Wood. In Hindi it is referred as Maulsari, Kesara and Bakula. In Bengali it is known as Bakul. In Tamil it is known as Magizhamboo. In Marathi it is known as Bakuli. In Kannada it is known as Ranjal. In Malayalam it is known as Ilanni. In Kannada it is known as Ranjal.
The Shradh meal offered on the Amavasya day (no moon day) in Paush month (December – January) is known as Bakula Amavasya in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and parts of North India.
The creamy-white and star-shaped flowers are offered in religious worship. It is offered to Vishnu and His avatars and various other deities.
Offering the flower on Krishna Paksha Ekadasi in Jyeshta month (May – June) is highly meritorious. This Ekadasi is known as Yogini Ekadasi.
In scriptures, it is mentioned that when Kuchela went to visit Sri Krishna he rested under a Bakula Tree.
In Ramayana, Vanarasena (the monkey a…

Who is the father of Yudhisthira in the Mahabharat?

Yudhisthira was the first of the Pandavas. His mother was Kunti. Who is the father of Yudhisthira in the Mahabharat is explained below in the story.

Kunti was married to Pandu. But Pandu could not have sexual union with Kunti because of a curse. Kunti due to her service to Sage Durvasa had got a boon that she will be able to summon a god and have children in him. Pandu requested Kunti to make use of the boon. Thus Yudhisthira was born when Kunti summoned Dharmaraja, or Yama.
But as per social custom that was followed at the time of Mahabharata, Pandu is the father of Yudhisthira.

Truth demands a mind that is totally free – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Attention is the flame in which sorrow ends.
The essence of goodness is a mind that is not in conflict.
Truth demands a mind that is totally free.
Observe your attachment or aggression without direction, motive or desire. In that very observation there is an ending of it.

Through negation of all that man has built within himself, the positive comes into being. Jiddu Krishnamurti