Vidura’s Tree Near Bangalore His Last Days


Vidura was the illegitimate brother of Dhirtharashtra and Pandu.

He was an expert in Archery, Dhanur Vidya.

Vidureswara temple
Viduresvarnatha Temple,Gauribidanur.

 

Naga Idols, Vidureswaranatha temple
Naga Idols for Begetting Children,Vidureswar Temple,

 

Lord Krishna was so impressed with his Archery, he made sure, when he visited Duryodhan to negotiate peace before the onset of the Mahabharata War,he made sure that Duryodhan insulted Vidura, as a result Vidura did not take part n the Battle .

 

Vidura was also known for his Righteousness and moral judgment,

 

While every one kept quiet when Draupadi was being stripped in the open court of Duryodhan,he was the lone figure to condemn the act,even Bhishma kept quiet on this occasion.

 

His Vidura Needi, dealing with Dharma, Righteousness is a standard text.

 

Vidura had been on pilgrimage and he planted an Aswatha tree, near Bangalore, India.

 

The name Vidurashwatha is derived from that of a big Ashwatha (Ficus religiosa) tree is  in this village

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According to a legend of the times of Mahabharata, this tree was planted by Vidura, a courtier in the kingdom of Dhritarashtra; and hence the name Vidurashwatha.[1]

 

Unfortunately, in 2001, this ancient tree fell to the ground.

 

Vidurashwatha (Kannada:ವಿದುರಾಶ್ವತ್ಥ) is a small village is in the Gauribidanur taluk of Chikkaballapur district in the state of Karnataka, India. Situated near the Karnataka – Andhra Pradesh border and about 6 km from Gauribidanur, it had a major role to play in the freedom movement of India.

 

Vidurashwatha is known as the Jallianwala Bagh of the South.[1] On April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had congregated in a ground to organise a Satyagraha. Similar to what happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at the group resulting in the death of 10 people. A memorial has been erected in this location bearing the names of those who lost their lives in this incident.[3]

 

There is also Naga Devatha Temple which is as old as the tree, here people do the prathishtapana of the naga god, to fulfil their desires, like having child, do better in business etc., the pooja here is done to alleviate all problems concerned with Naga dosha.

 

Vidura settled, after his misunderstanding with Duryodhan, Vidur Kuti , about 58 km from Kadarpur Nanu,Bijnaur district in the state of Western Uttar Pradesh, India.

He spent his last days here.

 

Lord Krishna visited this place.

 

Kanva Ashram is an ashram in a broken condition near Rawli town according to the legend “Abhigyan Shakuntalam”. Hastinapur’s King Dushyant reached there while hunting and fell in love with Shakuntala at first sight. During Mahabharat when the battle between Kauravas and Pandavas was about to begin, then on the request of both the sides, all wives and children were to be guardianed by Mahatma Vidur. He had insufficient space for them so he found an area for ladies and children, which is now known as Daranagar.

 

Citation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidurashwatha

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadarpur_nanu

 

 

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By Ramanis blog

Retired Senior Management Professional. Lectures on Indian Philosophy,Hinduism, Comparative Religions. Researching Philosophy, Religion. Free lance Writer.Blogger,Tedex Speaker

3 comments

  1. Vidura was not illegitimate brother of Pandu and Dhritrashtra but ‘half-brother’ of Pandu and Dhritrashtra.All of them wee the sons of Mahrishi Vedvyas from different mothers.So, if legitimacy has to be ascribed then all three were illegitimate.But since the custom of Niyog was recognised during those days and society was more permissive they were just half brothers.That way even Karan was half brother of Pandavas.

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    1. True. said illegitimate from the point of ascending the throne.As you said all of them were not born to the King..However, the point of Vyasa having had a liaison with a Maid did not matter,The Queen had the upper hand in the decision of ascending the throne.But a Mad spoled the choice of Vidura becoming a King.

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