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Sala Tree In Ramayana And Why It Is Sacred To Hindus

Sala tree is held sacred by Hindus and the reason for it is found in the Ramayana. Sri Rama and Lakshmana were in search of Mata Sita who had been abducted by Ravana, the asura king of Lanka.

During their search, the met vanquished and exiled King Sugriva through Hanuman. Sugriva had been defeated and exiled from his kingdom by his brother Vali and lived in mortal fear of him. Sugriva saw no way of defeating Vali who was strong and brave like Indra and from whom he had received a divine necklace of great potency which made him vulnerable.

Sugriva promised entire army of vanaras in his command to find and rescue Mata Sita on the condition that Rama should first help him regain his kingdom and his wife.

Sri Rama agreed to the condition but Sugriva aware of the strength of Vali was apprehensive whether Rama would be able to defeat his brother.

Sugriva one day approached Sri Rama and Lakshmana and mentioned about the power and strength of Vali. Lakshmana understood that Sugriva was doubting the strength of Sri Rama.

Lakshmana asked Sri Rama to demonstrate his strength.

Sri Rama shot an arrow at seven Sala trees standing in a row. The arrow pierced the trees and returned to the quiver of Sri Rama. Seeing this miracle, Sugriva was convinced that Rama was no ordinary human being and would certainly defeat Vali.

From that day onwards, Sala tree became associated with Bhagavan Vishnu and it is held sacred by Hindus.