Devadāru デーヴァダール

Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar)


A large handsome evergreen conifer tree reaching upto 85 m in height, witth almost rough, black, furrowed bark and spreading branches; shoots dimorphic; leaves needle-like triquetrous, shrp, pointed; male cones solitary, cylindric at the ends of branchlets, female cones solitary at the ends of branchlets, composed of imbricating thin woody placental scales; seeds pale brown, wings longer than the seeds. The heartwood of deodar is light yellowish brown, turning brown on exposure. It is oily, fragrant and strong. Flowering-fruiting April to January.(Ashok Sheth (Ed.). 2005 The herbs of ayurveda vol.1 Gujarat : Ashok Sheth. p276)

भित्त्वा सद्यः किसलयपुटान्देवदारुद्रुमानां

ये तत्क्षीरस्रुतिसुरभयो दक्षिणेन प्रवृत्ताः ।

आलिङ्ग्यन्ते गुणवति मया ते तुषाराद्रिवाताः

पूर्वस्पृष्टं यदि किल भवेदंगमेभिस्तवेति ॥ १०४ ॥

The winds from the snowy mountain,
Opening all at once the folding sprouts of the Devadāru tree,
Will be fragrant with the streams of their sap.
I will embrace them when they come south, O Perfect lady!
They might have touched your body before. (104)

かの雪山の風を、おお素晴らしきひと[グナヴァティ]よ 私は抱きしめる
もしか、おまえの身体に 触れた来たかもしれぬから(一〇四)

A part of the Yakṣa’s message to his wife.


(c) Tomomi Sato 2013

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