The 'Chalta/Chalita' Tree

The 'chalta' or 'chalita' tree is, as if, a living emblem of the physical existence of Prabhu Jagadbandhusundar in the premises of all the temple-cum-ashrams built in his service in different locations of Bangladesh, Calcutta and other parts of West Bengal and India.

Prabhusundar very lovingly compared the color of the leaves of the 'chalita' (colloquially and more popularly called 'chalta') with the complexion of Lord Krishna.

The chalta tree attached to the Gambhira Temple (inside which Prabhusundar spent almost seventeen years and maintained absolute silence as he kept himself unavailable from the sight of any human beings, amidst pervasive darkness with no windows or doors open) in Faridpur SriDham Sri-Angan, was directly nurtured by the water containing the fragrance and nutrients of Prabhusundar's daily bath.

That the chalta tree was indeed blessed by Prabhusundar can be easily perceived by visitors of the site of the Gambhira Temple in Faridpur SriDham Sri-Angan as revealed from the green beauty of the leaves of the tree and its chalta fruits that still grow in abundance in the tree.

Prabhusundar also mystically referred to the chalta tree as 'Jogamaya' (Goddess Durga). He said to Kedar Kaha that the chalta tree was Jogamaya-the Divine Creativity or Goddess Durga herself who protected him under her arbor.

Thus this chalta tree had become an inseparable part of all the temples of Prabhusundar in India and Bangladesh. The beauty of this tree is highlighted as the background of the web pages for Barasat SriSri Jagadbandhu Ashram and SriSri Dahapara Dham. Please visit these sites by clicking on the links as highlighted here to take a look at the chalta trees and gratify your eyes!

Prabhu Jagadbandhu appeared under this chalta tree just contiguous to his Sri Angan temple in Faridpur Sri Dham after twelve years of his self-confinement in the Gambhira of the temple on the 13th day of Magh, 1320 Bengali year (Jan-Feb 1913).

This chalta tree of Faridpur Sri Angan still exists as healthy and leafy with chalta fruits in abundance on her branches during the season (winter and spring) as indicated above. Faridpur Sri Angan has another tall chalta tree in the backyard forming a skyline of trees with the other tall trees in the backyard premises.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Indian freedom fighter against the British Rule had the opportunity to take a few of these chalta fruits as tokens of good luck in his freedom fight prior to his mysterious disappearance from India to avoid being caught by the British rulers at the time.

The following is a hymn written by SriPad Mahendraji about the chalta tree located contiguous to the Gambhira and the temple at Sri Angan.

The Hymn to salute Jogamaya

Victory to Jogamaya
An adept architect of unusual events
And blessed as the Chalita tree
The dearest and best shelter of Bandhu.