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The unfold story of Jackfruit tree in Hindu tradition

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The sacred Jackfruit tree site is on Kaina Hill of Bhashmukh parvat in Manipur. Seven Krishna wooden sculpture were carved from this tree and then placed in different temples.

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History in North India

The Sacred Jackfruit Tree is a historical place on the small hill of Kaina in Thoubal district of Manipur. It is said that the wooden sculpture of Lord Krishna was carved from the Jackfruit tree at this place. Rajarshi Bhagya Chandra, also known as Jai Singh Maharaja, who ruled the Manipur during the 18th century, had a dream in which Lord Krishna ordered the king to carve his idols from Jackfruit tree. Seven statues of Lord Krishna made of jackfruit were erected in different temples throughout Manipur and the neighbouring state of Assam.

Temple Legend

As per the folklore, king Bhagya Chandra ruled Manipur in 1759. One night, Lord Krishna appeared in his dream and ordered King Chandra to carve his images from a Jackfruit tree. In 1765, king Alaungpaya of Konbaung Burma defeated king Chandra. Hence, he escaped to Cachar in Assam and took asylum with King Swagadeva Rajeshwer Singh of Tekhau. However, Chandra’s uncle, who was involved in this conspiracy with the Burmese king, complained to Rajeshwer Singh that Chandra was an “impostor”. Hence, the Assamese king ordered that Chandra should fight an elephant to prove his innocence. King Chandra was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. He appealed for help. Lord Krishna appeared in his dream. He told the king to face the elephant and that Lord himself would be present in Jackfruit tree. Lord Krishna wanted the king to carve his wooden sculpture out of that Jackfruit tree and also build a temple for him that. During the fight, the elephant bowed before Bhagya Chandra instead of attacking him. The king of Assam decided to help king Chandra. With his help, Chandra won back his kingdom.

History in South India

Mid 1700s a period when tensions existed between rulers of Travancore and Ettuveettu Pillamaar. Princely state Travancore was then ruled by the most influential king Anizhamthirunal Marthanda Varma. He was a
prince then when ruler of Travancore, Ramavarma took strong actions against “Ettuveettil Pillamar”. Ettuveettil Pillamar turned his enemies and decided to destroy Marthanda Varma and royal family members. Marthanda Varma frequently received life threats from his enemies,
and he was forced to live in exile for many years, travelling from one place to another. Once Prince Marthanda Varma was travelling from
Padmanabhapuram Palace to Thiruvananthapuram. Ettuveettil Pillamar got this piece of information and they followed him. Marthanda Varma got informed about it, and he changed his path to Thiruvananthapuram. He
took Maharajamuttom route, and short cuts to reach the banks of Neyyar at Neyyattinkara. He reached Palakkadavu (on the banks of Neyyar) where the place was fully blossomed by white Pala flowers. The river was
overflowing and he took the help of a boat to cross the river, and hid behind a bush. But by that time, his enemies had almost reached him. He tried to escape through thorny bushes and felt that the hidden place is not safe. He prayed to Lord Padmanabha to help him. He heard a response from someone in the bush. He saw a shepherd boy looking after his cattle, and got surprised to see him in that lonely place. He asked the boy to
suggest a way to escape, and the boy asked him to hide inside the huge hole of a big jackfruit tree near to him. Thus Marthanda Varma escaped from the enemies. Folklore also tells that the boy diverted the direction of
Ettuveettil Pillamar to rescue the king. When enemies got out of the place, king came out of the hole. He called the boy, and could hear him respond. Though King searched the boy later, he couldn’t find him. Instead
he found a stone only. He prayed before it and left the place. King believed that boy who helped him to escape was none other than Lord Krishna himself.

After few years later this his-story spread across the all over India. Now a day almost every temples in India having the idol status in jackfruit tree. And also spread this jackfruit tree concept to lord Shiva, parvati, and more

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