(Talking in connection with an aitihya, in a place of pilgrimage, that the ashvattha-vrksha (Pipal tree) seen there belonged to the period of Achaarya Vendaanta Deshika). There exists an Ashvattha-vrksha which is eternal and which (unusually) possesses roots at the top and branches at the bottom. To draw attention to this fact, a jnaani may be shown as being seated in meditation at the base of the vrksha. Even after thousands of years, can the tree remain as it was? It is superstitious to say that this tree has been in existence from the times of Sri Deshika. The tree shown by the temple authorities may be around thirty years old! That is all. However remember, that Ashvattha which this tree represents is indeed eternal!
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