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    Difference between Nandanavanam and Ashokavanam

    While Nandanavanam is created and made for the pleasure at Indralok for the three eternal beauties Ramba, Urvashi and Menaka and Lord Indra is the custodian of this great garden which is full of herbs, age defying plants and age increasing ingredients. While Ashokavanam was in Ravana's Lanka created for the pleasure of his maids. Here he kept Sita as the captive until the war was initiated. Even we compare this too as the heaven and hell as both have the reasons to believe so. What is your take as the word Ashoka already existed during Ramayana period.
  • #760614
    Asoka is the name of a tree. This particular garden mentioned in Ramayana is a garden of Asoka trees. The irony here is Sita spent time with Soka under an Asoka tree in that garden in Asokavana. I don't know whether people with the name of Asoka were there in Ramayana or not.
    Nandanvanam is the garden for all Devatas. In that garden, there is a famous tree called the Parijatha tree. Satyabhama, the favourite wife of Lord Krishna. wanted this tree in her garden and she wanted that tree to be brought from Nandanavanam and Krishna went on that mission to heaven and fought with Indra and brought that to this earth. This story was written by Nandi Timmanna by the name "Parijathaapharanam".
    This Nandanavanam is not alone meant for Rambha, Urvasi and Menaka. But it is mainly for the recreation of all the Devatas who are living in Heaven.

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  • #760631
    Nandavanam is a place where many flower plants are there. This can be seen near temples in many places, where from flowers for temple pooja obtained.
    Asokavanam is a big garden where there are many saraca asoca trees found.
    It has been also told that the name for the plant saraca asoca was termed as ashoka tree in practice as the king Ashoka planted these types of trees in Kalinga reign after war of Kalinga.
    Further the Ashokavanam named from 'pleasure/without any worry' with the meaning without shoka (Ashoka) as we feel happy.

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  • #760639
    In mythological stories, the scholars of that time used forests, rivers, trees, gardens, hills, and many such natural habitats in their work to make them attractive and realistic. They even adopted some real-life stories and modified them to be suitable for the natural environment. So using the name of the gardens based on some trees or flowers was a very common measure at that time. Our renowned saints and spiritual gurus compiled the Sanskrit slokas full of those descriptions and they are enchanting and entertaining to our minds when we go through that or the translations of those great works. Our Vedas, Puranas, and other epics are full of these descriptions and people can read them and interpret them in their own ways as per their understanding of the works of that time.
    Knowledge is power.

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