Peepal tree is considered highly sacred,
as people are of the belief that Lord Vishnu and
many other Gods used to reside underneath it.
Peepal plant is regarded as the representation
of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The tree is
also believed to be associated with the Mother
Goddess during the period of Indus Valley
civilization. People revere the Peepal tree and
also perform puja dedicated to this tree.
The botanical name of Peepal is Ficus religiosa. This holy plant is known by different names in different languages like Bodhi in Sanskrit, Piplo in Gujrati, Al or Aryal in Malayalam etc. It is said that peepal tree protects mankind from the evil eye and also keeps away dreadful dreams. There is mention about the holiness of Peepal tree in the Vedas. Apart from its religious significance, Peepal tree is also known for its medicinal value.
Origin of Peepal
Tree in the Hindu religion, Peepal tree has a lot of reverence and significance for people. People worship the tree and perform puja. But, nobody really knows anything about its history and origin. There are some interesting legends associated with the Peepal tree. It is known for its heart shaped leaves that have long narrowing tips. The origin of Peepal tree can be traced back to the times of Indus Valley Civilization (3000 BC - 1700 BC) in the Mohenjodaro city.
Peepal tree is of great medicinal value. Its leaves serve as a wonderful laxative as well as tonic for the body. It is especially useful for patients suffering from Jaundice. It helps to control the excessive amount of urine released during jaundice. The leaves of Peepal are highly effective in treating heart disorders. It helps to control the palpitation of heart and thereby combat the cardiac weakness.
This tree grows even in neglect and does not need much caring. The plant can take root very easily with scanty water. It can grow even in the cornice of buildings. Often we can find old houses covered with small Peepal trees. Crows and some birds nest on its lower branches while vultures prefer the lonely top branches. Some enthusiasts grow Peepal as ornamental miniature tree or bonsai as a decorative piece.
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