Archive for September 12th, 2011

Mango – Mangifera indica

Sacred to: Madam (the Indian counterpart of Cupid), Saraswati, Lord Ganesha

 

Myth 1: To the Hindus, it is an alteration of the God Prajapati, the Lord of all Creatures

 

Myth 2: Legend has it that the sun princess – Surya Bai, transformed

herself into a golden lotus to evade persecution of an evil sorceress. The sorceress became angry when the King of the land fell in love with the beautiful lotus, and she burnt it to ashes. But as things would be in the battle of good overcoming evil a magnificent mango tree sprang from the ashes and Surya Bai stepped out from a ripe mango that had fallen to the ground.

 

Other Notes: Marriages ceremonies are festooned with mango leaves

The wood is considered sacred because it is included in funeral pyres

 

The Mango tree plays a sacred role in India; it is a symbol of love and some believe that the Mango tree can grant wishes. The leaves of the mango are auspicious for Hindus, and are hung across doorways for any special

 

In Hinduism, the perfectly ripe mango is often held by Lord Ganesha as a symbol of attainment, regarding the devotee’s potential perfection. Mango blossoms are also used in the worship of the goddess Saraswati.