• Rachel Else 4y

    This tree was socially constructed in the Bhagavata Purana, which tells the story of a time when Krishna steals the clothes of the Gopis as they bathe in the river. In order to get their clothes back, the Gopis must come uncovered and unashamed to Krishna, who is waiting for them in a tree.

    The story was physically placed in Vrindavan by the Vaisnava reformers at the beginning of the 16th century, who decided that this tree was the one described in the Bhagavata Purana. This sanctified the place. You can see from the photograph that people will hang their clothes there in memory of the story. You can also see its importance in the community by looking at the marble pedestal surrounding the tree, which clearly frames the tree as something to be venerated. In short, the tree is used as a physical place to worship Krishna.

    The tree represented in this picture combines the importance of the spiritual story and the physical place. It is a good example of how a place might be constructed when there is such an object of value.
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Taken on September 12, 2011
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