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INDIA / QUIRKY: Unique park with plants linked to zodiac signs

A unique park with plants associated with different zodiac signs has come up in India's central Bhopal, which is attracting believers in astrology, who come to worship the plants associated with their respective Zodiac signs. The garden has plants linked to twelve Zodiac signs as per Hindu astrology and also plants linked with 27 constellations. The purpose of the unique park with plants related to the planets is aimed to spread awareness about Hindu astrology to the general masses. "Various things are mentioned in our philosophy. People worship 'pipal' (banyan tree also called fig tree). When somebody faces problems in getting their children married, they worship banyan tree. But the problem is that they are not aware of the science or logic behind it. They just blindly follow it. So to make them aware of that logic and give them the required knowledge, the park has been planted with such trees. Specific plants suiting to various zodiac signs have As per the garden staff, the park is first of its kind in the state, which is gaining popularity amongst the people. Having belief in astrology they worship the plants related to their individual zodiacs to resolve the problems caused by evil effects of planetary positions. "Such types of plants should be planted more. They should be worshipped more because whenever we worship any tree, it blesses us. Similarly if some planet is casting evil effect on you, then worshipping the tree related to that planet will certainly solve all your problems," said Pramod Purohit, a priest. Astrology remains an important facet in the lives of many Hindus. In Hindu culture, newborns are traditionally named based on their horoscopes. Astrology concepts are pervasive in the organization of the calendar and holidays as well as in many areas of life, such as in making decisions made about marriage, opening a new business, and moving into a new home. There are 12 zodiac signs and seven planets stationed in 12 houses as per Hindu astrology. Whereas Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac (where the signs are measured from the point of the Spring Equinox on the ecliptic), the Hindu astrology favours the sidereal zodiac (where the signs are aligned with their eponymous constellations). The difference, due to the precession of the equinoxes, becomes noticeable over time. RGDS, NNNN SA/KD

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ASTROLOGICAL PARK BHOPAL, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA (APRIL 22, 2008) (ANI-ACCESS ALL) VARIOUS COLOURED EARTHEN POTS POTS BEARING PLANT'S NAME AND THE ZODIAC A POT READING "MANGAL" A HINDU ZODIAC SIGN FOR MARS A COLOURED POT READING ANOTHER HINDU ZODIAC "CHANDRA" (MOON) A POT READING HINDU ZODIAC "KARK" (CANCER) A TILT UP OF PLANT FROM POT WOMEN PLANTING TREES IN POTS A WOMAN WATERING AN 'ASHWAGANDHA' PLANT (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) H.N GAUTAM, ZONAL OFFICER, FOREST DEPARTMENT, AND COORDINATOR, ASTROLOGICAL PARK, SAYING: "Various things are mentioned in our philosophy. People worship 'pipal' (banyan tree also called fig tree). When somebody faces problems in getting their children married, they worship banyan tree. But the problem is that they are not aware of the science or logic behind it. They just blindly follow it. So to make them aware of that logic and give them the required knowledge, the park has been planted with such trees. Specific plants suiting to various zodiac signs have been planted here." PEOPLE WORSHIPPING "SHAMI PLANT" FLOWERS AND INCENSE STICKS IN THE POT (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PRAMOD PUROHIT, A PRIEST, SAYING: "Such types of plants should be planted more. They should be worshipped more because whenever we worship any tree, it blesses us. Similarly if some planet is casting evil effect on you, then worshipping the tree related to that planet will certainly solve all your problems." A PLANT POT READING HINDU ZODIAC "MAKAR" SYNONYMOUS TO CAPRICORN IN ENGLISH HOROSCOPE A POT READING HINDU ZODIAC 'KUMBH' (AQUARIUS) A POT READING HINDU ZODIAC 'MEEN' (PISCES) POT READING HINDU ZODIAC 'TULA' (LIBRA) A PLANT A PLANT READING HINDU ZODIAC "KANYA" (VIRGO) POTS OF VARIOUS ZODIACS

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