A Colour Atlas of Plant Structure by Bryan B. Bowes

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The plants of the Rig Veda situate the Veda in the subtropical plains of India and Pakistan. Just like the fauna of the Rig Veda is obviously Indian, with peacocks (mayura), swans (hamsa), water buffaloes (mahisha), Indian bison (gaura), camel (ushtra), monkey (kapi), crocodile (makshika), elephants (varana), and horse (ashva)—all of which are common to the region. While scholars may debate over the origins of the Veda, there can be no denying geography. People will only write about the plants and animals that they are familiar with.

This seal may be a Harappan origin of this ritual. Other signs of pipal worship include a tree growing out of a central hub flanked by two unicorn heads, with pictograms below (Figure 4); a male figure—probably the spirit of the tree or yaksha—standing within a stylized pipal tree, a recurring theme on several mass-produced moulded pieces as well as on seals (Figure 5); and a nude male deity with a single branch bearing three pipal leaves rising from the middle of his headdress. The male figure has three faces, one facing front, one facing left, and one facing right.

In some panels, Siddhartha’s birth is represented by a bunch of lotuses in a vase. The exuberance of lotuses in Buddhist monuments since Bharhut and Sanchi is indicative of its importance in Buddhism. In Hinduism, it is the seat of Brahma, the Creator. It is held by Vishnu, the Preserver. It is the seat or pedestal of Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, and Saraswati, goddess of wisdom and learning. The lotus is glorified in the hands of Bodhisattva Padmapani in Ajanta, where it becomes an object of beauty (M.

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