Friday, May 28, 2010

The Tree of Erotic Love: the Ashoka

According to ancient romantic Sanskrit poetry,the Ashoka tree, Saraca indica, is one of the five flowers used by Kamadeva, the god of Erotic Love, to arouse love in the heart of a couple.It is supposed to burst into bloom as soon as the toe of a beautiful woman touched it. As students,many a time have I and my friends kicked the Ashoka tree in our college garden with no avail! This dusty Ashoka was in full bloom in a campus in Mumbai Just shows how even the trees are misled by makeup!

The Ashoka, also called Sita Ashok, is a native of India. It has many legends connected to it.Sita , the heroine of the Hindu epic Ramayana, was imprisoned by Ravana in a garden of Ashoka trees. Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, was born under an Ashoka tree according to some Buddhists.
The tree is of great medicinal value in the Indian systems of medicine.


  1. The Ashoka is one of my favorite trees - I love its distinctive growth habit. A few months ago I was part of a group of students at my university building a set for a cultural show ( we included Ashoka motives since the set had a garden/forest them.

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  3. Hello Padma, this is my first visit to this blogsite, but i am always at your other blog. I realized a lot of your plants are posted here, so i opened every post to the very first post. thanks.