The grove of five sacred trees: Vata, Peepal, Neem, Amla and Bilva, first mentioned in the Ramayana where first Rama, Lakshmana and Sita lived in exile for fourteen years.


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Sacred Groves and Gardens

The Shri Kunja aims to revive and re-create the unique ambiance of sacred groves, gardens and sacred trees that reflect, India’s traditional forest culture of udyans and vatikas. This will act as a unique retreat cum study centre about India’s sustainable vision of earth spirituality.

Ashoka Vatika
The Ashoka Vatika is inspired from the description of the Ashoka Grove where Sita took refuge after being abducted by Ravana. We hear about the beauty of the Ashoka Grove through the voice of Hanuman: He saw Sala, Ashoka, Bhavya, Champaka, Uddalaka, Nagavriksha, Mango and Kapimukha trees in flower with clumps of amras intertwined with hundreds of creepers. And Hanuman leaping down into that enchanting grove, like an arrow shot from a bow, entered that garden resembling the rising sun.

Ramayana Sundara Kanda 14.3-4
Vrindarani Ka Kunja
The Bhagavata Purana gives a vivid description of the trees sacred to Krishna worship. In choruses, the gopies sought for Krishna, forest to forest embracing trees:
Oh Ashvattha! Oh Plaksa! Oh Nyagrodha! Have you seen the son of Nanda who has absconded, stealing away our hearts by his captivating smiles and bewitching glances?
Oh Kurabaka, Ashoka, Naga, Punnaga and Campaka trees! Did the younger brother of Balarama who humbles the pride of proud women by his smiles pass this way?
Oh blessed Tulasi (basil) to whom the feet of Lord Govinda (Krishna) are so dear! Have you seen Acyuta, so very beloved of you, wearing you (in a wreath) swarming with bees. (Addressing various flowering trees) Oh Malati! Oh Jati! Oh Yuthika! Was Madhava seen by you giving you delight by the touch of his hands, while passing by the way?
(Invoking other trees)
Oh mango tree (of the Cuta variety)! Oh Priyala, Panasa (jackfruit tree), Asana, Kovidara, Jambu (rose-apple tree), Arka (the sun plant), Bilva (the wood-apple tree), Bakula, Amra (a variety of mango tree), Kadamba and Nipa trees and other trees on the bank of the Yamuna-Born as you are for the benefit of others! May you direct the path of Krishna to us.

Bhagavata Purana 10.30, 5-7, 8-9
Garden of Nine Planets
The Ark plant popularly known as a 'vegetable form of mercury' is located in the centre. The plant yields a white latex used to cure scabies, dysentery, jaundice, epilepsy, asthema and cholera. Saturn, the energy of the Sun is located in the west, is represented by Acacia feruginea, a tree with small bipinnately compound leaves. Jupiter lies at the North and is said to confer all around beneficence; Venus in the East confers economic well-being; Mars in the South is malefic and is represented by Uttarani, a small herb. Rahu and Ketu represented by grasses used in special ceremonies and tide over the negative influences.
Garden of Twelve Zodiac signs
The solar zodiac, consists of a familiar division of the sun's path into twelve zones. Each zodiac sign has its respective letter and a numerical symbol. It is interesting to observe that each zodiac sign, over a period of history, gets associated with a certain plant, tree or a shrub. The zodiac signs personified in their plant form served as tool for healing. The zodiac plants were considered as protectors of malefic influences generated through the natural course of the planets.
The lunar zodiac charts the clusters of stars lying on the moon's path dividing the ecleptic into 27 (or 28) parts, each with their respective constellation. These constellations are known as Nakshatras, a term used to designate both asterisms, stars or star-groups. These have their respective symbols. Like the Navagrahas and the Rashis, these too have their plant representations. The Nakshatra Vana has also been laid out in a circle to coincide with the natural circular movement of the moon, which waxes, wanes and then returns to its original wholeness. Each of the Nakshatras has its plant code and is propitiated on certain auspicious periods during the course of the year.  

Devi Ka Bagicha

The flower associated with the great goddesses, Durga, Kali and Lalita-Tripurasundari, commonly known as Japa. Often the divine radiance of the goddess is compared to the vermilion hues at dawn which flash forth like the ruddy streaks of the Japa flower. The full redness of Japa recalls the rajasika active aspect of creation represented by the dynamic role that the goddess performs, as 'Shakti' or the cosmic energy of the universe.
Devi Ka Bagicha

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