After the cold and gloomy winters, Spring season is considered the best season not just because of the cultural events that take place but also because of the pleasant weather indicating a new commencement of life.
The perfect temperatures, fresh breeze, new blooms decorating the environment with hues of new colours make everyone celebrate the 11th season of Assamese calendar. Another feature of the king of the season is the sight of the Palash trees mesmerizing many with its beautiful flame-like orange flowers.
Parts of the town of Charaideo has turned into a sight to cherish after the small-sized dry-season deciduous tree—Butea Monosperma popularly known as Palash, Dhak or Tesu has magnetized the people with its beautiful blooms.
It may be mentioned that the palash flowers has been widely used by poets in their compositions including Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Rudyard Kipling to name a few.
Tagore who named these bright orange flame-like flower to fire was an indispensable part of his poems and songs celebrating spring. Kipling named it as ‘flame of the forest’. In his short story ‘Beyond the Pale’, he mentions of dhak. The tree was also featured in ‘The Jungle Book’.
Parts of India have different names for the flowers and are even used during worship. In Jharkhand, Palash is associated with folk tradition. Many folk literary expressions describe Palash as the forest fire. In Telangana, these flowers are specially used in the worship of Lord Shiva on occasion of Shivaratri.
Photo: Hansang Konwar