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Sal Tree in Hinduism

Sal Tree known as Salva, Sakhu, Sal, Khandar and Sakva, is associated with local gods and goddesses. Abodes of Gods are found under Sal tree in many places in India. In Hinduism, the tree is associated with Vishnu.

Lord Buddha was born under a sal tree and he attained salvation under the tree.

Sal wood tree is used to build temples – pillars and roofs. Murtis and sculptures in temples are carved from the wood.

Salabhbhanjika, or sal tree maiden, is a decorative sculptural element in many Hindu temples. A maiden is depicted as grasping the branch of the flowering sal tree.

Sal tree resin (Sambrani) is used to make incense which is used in Hindu ceremonies.

In the hills of North India, Sal tree is never cut as it is held sacred to a local goddess.

Tribes in India have Sal groves, which are dedicated to the forest god or goddesses.

Farhul in Chota Nagpur Plateau and Baha in Orissa are two festivals associated with the tree. It is observed by the tribes of the region.

The marriage of Bagdis and Bauris of Bengal happen in an arbor made of branches of the sal tree.

Leaf bowls and plates for eating food are made from the leaves of the tree in North and Eastern parts of India.