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Pancha Vriksha – Five Trees in the Garden of Indra

In Hinduism, it is believed that there are five trees in the garden of Indra, the king of Devas, with numerous medicinal properties. A couple of them are also believed to be wish fulfilling trees. The five trees in heaven or swarga are together known as Pancha Vriksha. They are:

Mandara – Erythrina Stricta
This tree is believed to cure physical ailments and it also reduces mental stress.

Parijata – Nyctanthes Arbor Tristis
Believed to have appeared during the churning of the ocean. This tree was brought to Dwarka by Sri Krishna at the insistence of his wife, Satyabhama.

Samtanaka (not yet identified)
Associated with fertility.

Hari Chandana – Sandalwood
Known for fragrance and cooling effects.

Kalpa Vriksha or Kalpataru – (not yet identified)
This is known as a wish fulfilling tree in Hindu scriptures. Indra took it to heaven when it appeared during the Samdudra Manthan (churning of ocean).

Symbolism in the Six Heads of Muruga