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Manibhadra in Hinduism

Manibhadra is the name of a Yaksha in Hinduism. Reference of this semi divine being is found in the Mahabharata. In Vana Parva Chapter 65 of the Mahabharata it is stated that a caravan of traders were attacked by wild elephants because they did not offer prayers to Manibhadra.
Yakshas are semi-divine beings that can change form at will.
In some texts, Manibhadra is associated with money and is also a guardian deity of a direction.
Manibhadra is also an important deity in Buddhism and Jainism.

Tree of Enlightenment at Joshimath Associated with Adi Shankaracharya

There is a cave at Joshimath in Uttarakhand and it is believed that Adi Shankaracharya mediated and lived in the cave. Near this cave there is a mulberry tree which is known as tree of enlightenment. Locals refer to it as Kaplavriksha and existed since the times of Adi Shankaracharya.
The tree is now very old and is not in a great condition.
But the tree still foliages in the spring time.
Joshimath or Jyotrimath is one of the four maths established by Adi Shankaracharya. The other three are the Sringeri Math in Karnataka, Govardhana Matha in Puri and Sharda Matha in Dwaraka.

Meaning of Satsanga

The primary meaning of the word satsanga is the company of the holy, meaning, association with and becoming one with the supreme Self, which is of the essential nature of Truth. That means — to remain steady in mental modification merged in the form of Brahman (brahmakara-vritti). All ignorance and worldly bondage become annihilated if the mind remains even for a moment in that mental modification.
The secondary meaning of the word satsanga is the company of holy people, sadhus, who remain mediating on the supreme Self whose essential nature is Truth. To study the books written by the great souls who are the knower of Truth, and to read their instructions illuminated by their experiences are also termed sat-sanga. That is because it is through their instructions that union between the aspirant and the supreme Self, whose essential nature is Truth, can occur.
Source – Notes on Yoga-Vasishtha-Sara by Swami Dhireshananda - Swamiji is monk in the Ramakrishna Order