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The Role of Devadaru Malai in Spirituality: Significance and Benefits



Devadaru Malai

In the heart of Hindu tradition lies a profound respect for nature and its offerings. The Devadaru Malai is one such offering rich in spiritual significance and natural beauty.  The Devadaru tree, also known as the “Tree of Devendra”, has traditionally been used to make beads that are strung into malas. This practice dates to the time of the Siddhars. Devadaru has been an integral part of Ayurveda, traditional healing, and spiritual rituals for centuries. Here we are going to know about the spritiual role of devadaru Malai 

The Origin of Devadaru 

The Devadaru tree, revered as the tree of gods, is frequently referenced in ancient Sanskrit literature. Devadaru, scientifically known as Cedrus deodara, is a type of cedar tree native to the Himalayan region. It is found across the western Himalayas, spanning from Afghanistan to Garhwal, reaching as far as the valley of the Dhauli river below the Niti pass. Its habitat ranges from 1200 to 3050 meters above sea level, with the tree most prevalent between 1800 to 2600 meters. This evergreen coniferous tree is known for its majestic height, fragrant wood, and therapeutic properties. 

Devadaru Tree

Historical Significance of Devadaru 

The name "Devadaru" translates to "divine tree" in Sanskrit, a testament to its sacred status in Hinduism and Ayurveda. It is sacred to the deity Lord Shiva, and many temples dedicated to him in the Himalayas boast magnificent, well-preserved devadaru groves and trees. The "Agathiyar Vaidya Kaviyam," a medical text blessed by Agathiyar, mentions "Vaaritta Kacholan Devadaram," highlighting the tree's medicinal properties and its fragrance, similar that of sandalwood. It was cherished by ancient Indian sages devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. It is referred to as Bhadra in the Atharva Veda and as Daru in the Kalpasutra. Mentions of the tree can also be found in texts such as the Shaunik Atharveda Samhita, Paraskar Grihyasutra, Kaushik Sutra, and Patanjali Mahabhashya. In Indian epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, hymns extol its virtues. In Britain, Ireland, and France, similar reverence was shown in oak tree groves by groups known as druids (Deru/vid). In Europe, its historical use includes temple construction and landscaping around religious structures, noted since the Iron Age (600 BC – 43 AD). When devadaru used in rituals, it is said to invoke the blessings of the gods, cleanse the surroundings of negative energy, and promote spiritual growth. Devadaru malais are commonly used in meditation practices to enhance spiritual experiences and create a serene atmosphere. 

Benefits of wearing Devadaru Malai 

  • Wearing or using Devadaru mala is believed to channel divine energy, creating a spiritual shield that enhances your connection to higher powers and promotes a sense of sacredness. 
  • The calming aroma and presence of Devadaru can create a serene atmosphere, making it easier to achieve inner peace and have profound spiritual experiences during meditation or prayer. 
  • Devadaru is said to attract divine beings, inviting their blessings and protection into your life, rituals, and spiritual practices. 
  • The uplifting properties of Devadaru can boost your enthusiasm, motivation, and self-confidence, helping you approach life with a positive mindset 
  • Regular use of Devadaru products can strengthen both the body and mind, promoting overall well-being, resilience, and a balanced state of health. 
  • Devadaru make it an ideal companion for meditation and mantra chanting, deepening your focus 

Guideline for wearing Devadaru Mala 

  • Wear the Devadaru Mala in a calm and peaceful state of mind, avoiding anger to maintain its spiritual efficacy. 
  • Do not wear the mala during events of sorrow to preserve its positive energy and spiritual purity. 
  • Refrain from wearing the mala on days when consuming non-vegetarian food to respect its sacred nature. 
  • If you consume non-vegetarian food, wait 12 hours before wearing the mala to ensure spiritual cleanliness. 
  • Women should avoid wearing the mala during their menstrual periods to maintain its sanctity.  
  • It is advisable to remove the mala before sleeping and place it in the prayer room for safekeeping. 
  • Keep your thoughts, words, and actions pure while wearing the mala to enhance its spiritual benefits. 

In conclusion, wearing a Devadaru Malai can offer numerous benefits, including protection from negative vibrations and the enhancement of positive vibrations in your life.

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