Kartika Vana Bhojanam / Karthika Vana Samaradhana

Few of us, doctor friends met at Vadlamudi in Lemon gardens of Dr.Rayapati Mamatha.  First there was a trip to Sangam Milk  Dairy.  I was late for that trip  and missed it. Others had a great tour through the milk processing, sweet making etc.

In the gardens, programme started with a sincere prayer to AMLA tree by devout lady doctors. Pandals, floor mats were neatly done. Excellent lunch was served. Good games arranged for the kids. All had a good time. Enjoy few of the pics:

Vanabhojanam, also known as Vanbhojan, vanabhojanalu etc is a kind of ritual annual  picnic undertaken during Kartika masam in Andhra Pradesh .  In the Indian tradition, plants are considered to be of divine nature, and worshiped.  Tulasi (Ocimum), Usiri (Amla), Bilva and Durva plants are considered as divine and used in  Pujas. ” Kartika Vana mahotsavam” is a religious event, but  now celebrated as a cultural program and on occasions fully loaded with entertainment like singing and dancing. It is a platform for fostering friendship and strengthening relations amongst people.

It is a belief that Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi prefer to reside under Amla trees during kartika month.  Telugu families were said to be maintaining at least one AMLA tree in their courtyards. With advent of apartment/flat cultures, vanabhojanalu have all the more deeper relevance.

At least once during this kartika month, traditionally people are expected to cook food under these trees after pooja and consume that food as prasad. Offering puja to Lord Vishnu and other Gods, reciting Vishnu Purana and kartika Purana during Vana mahotsavam are prescribed rituals during this event.  There are  few who still follow all the rituals rigorously. Many depend of catering, like we did. But we had our pooja!

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