Indus seal and Asherah Pole

Asherah pole 

This Indus seal depicts a pole of Ficus religiosa (Pipal Tree), on which some cloth is tied around. The cloth rounding up is something like women tying a sari. This pole is identified with the goddess Inanna and there by the Auriga constellation. The square with the wheel in the right side lower corner is the symbol of sun calendar (as per Bengt Hemtun). Over all this seal depicts the beginning of the year as well as planting season. 
An Asherah pole is a sacred tree or pole that stood near Canaanite religious locations to honour the Ugaritic mother-goddess Asherah. (wikipedia) This worship looks like the worship of Inanna (Mother goddess- Kali) by a priest in the goat seal. The constellation Auriga seems to be an important one and is shown as the tree of heaven. Most likely the religious idea is that Inanna lives within that tree. Most probably this constellation was visible at the time of heliacal rising of rainy season at some point of time; it may not be relevant now. That tree is symbolically planted during the marriage ceremony of the agricultural communities even now in India. This shows the importance given to this constellation because it signalled the arrival of monsoon season and starting of agricultural season which is very important in the life of any agricultural community.
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