Sig­nif­i­cance of Peepal Tree

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Hin­duism is a ma­jor re­li­gion in In­dia and Nepal. Con­sid­ered to be one of the old­est re­li­gions, what with so many gods and god­dess, rit­u­als, tra­di­tions, re­li­gious texts and much more, it has over 900 mil­lion fol­low­ers in In­dia it­self. In this re­li­gion, there are rit­u­als and tra­di­tions that give im­mense im­por­tance to trees and an­i­mals as well. Just like the Cow is con­sid­ered to be a sa­cred an­i­mal, the Peepal (Fi­cus re­li­giosa) tree holds much sig­nif­i­cance.

Peepal tree has ayurvedic sig­nif­i­cance

Peepal tree is con­sid­ered quite use­ful within the realms of Ayurveda. With such medic­i­nal ca­pa­bil­i­ties this tree is known to heal a vast ma­jor­ity of dis­eases. The bark of this tree can be used to yield tan­nin whereas its leaves, when heated, are quite use­ful in treat­ing wounds.

Satur­day Wor­ship

In Hindu mythol­ogy, Peepala and Ash­vattha were de­mons who pos­sessed mag­i­cal pow­ers. They would lure in­no­cent peo­ple to touch the tree so that they could kill them. How­ever, on an aus­pi­cious Satur­day, they were both killed by Lord Shani. And that’s the rea­son why we wor­ship this tree on Satur­days.

Peepal tree re­la­tion with god­dess lak­shmi

Hin­dus be­lieve that god­dess Lak­shmi re­sides in the Peepal tree ev­ery Satur­day. There­fore, women pray to this tree by ty­ing red thread or red cloth on its branches hop­ing to have their wishes granted. Wor­ship­ping peepal tree on aus­pi­cious days is be­lieved to give pros­per­ity.

Peepal tree re­la­tion with lord hanu­man

This tree is con­sid­ered to have a spe­cial place in the heart of Lord Hanu­man. It is be­lieved that Lord Hanu­man used to sit upon this tree and it was here that he wit­nessed the hard­ships faced by the wife of Lord Rama, who used to sit un­der this tree for shel­ter in the Ashok Vatika when she was ab­ducted by Ra­vana in Lanka.

Brahma Pu­rana

It is said in the Brahma Pu­rana that Lord Vishnu was born un­der a Peepal Tree. And it was this tree where he had hid­den when the de­mons de­feated all the gods. There­fore, the Peepal tree also sym­bol­ises lord Vishnu. Be­cause of such an im­por­tant role, this tree has a god-like fig­ure in In­dian mythol­ogy. In art and sculp­ture, the child form of Kr­ishna is shown on a peepal leaf.

The Trimurti Con­fer­ence Place

It is fur­ther be­lieved that Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva used to hold their coun­cils un­der this tree. Most im­por­tant de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the man­age­ment of the uni­verse is done by them un­der the peepal tree. This be­lief has led to deeper faiths among the devo­tees about the Peepal tree.

The Home to An­ces­tors

As per Hindu mythol­ogy our an­ces­tors’ souls re­side in this tree. This is why the Peepal Tree is re­garded to be so im­por­tant and why the Hin­dus re­spect and treat this tree with great re­gard. Dur­ing the an­nual cer­e­monies to the an­ces­tors, Peepal trees are wor­shipped. It is said evil spir­its can never re­side in a peepal tree and there­fore it is al­ways aus­pi­cious.

The Mar­riage of Peepal Tree

In most tra­di­tions in Hin­duism, peepal and neem trees are grown ad­ja­cent to each other es­pe­cially in tem­ple

com­plexes and once they grow, mar­riage is per­formed to them. The peepal tree is con­sid­ered the groom with the neem tree play­ing the role of the bride. Upon mar­riage, these two trees are said to pro­tect the devo­tees like mother and fa­ther. Usu­ally, the images of Na­gas or snake gods are in­stalled un­der the peepal – neem tree com­plex.

The Ben­e­fits to Preg­nant Women

The medic­i­nal breeze given out by the peepal tree is said to be highly ben­e­fi­cial to preg­nant woman. There­fore for a pain­less de­liv­ery and the wel­fare of the mother and the kids born, it is ad­vised that the preg­nant women go around the peepal tree a few times on a daily ba­sis and stay in the precincts of the peepal tree for some time ev­ery day to in­hale the medic­i­nal air.

The Home to Ganesh

Ganesh is a sim­ple god in Hin­duism. He is a highly com­pas­sion­ate and benev­o­lent son of Mother Par­vati and Lord Shiva. He loves sim­plic­ity and is eas­ily pleased with the genuine de­vo­tion of his devo­tees. The canopy of the peepal tree is said to be the most fa­vorite res­i­dence of Lord Ganesh. We find the im­age of Lord Ganesh in­stalled and wor­shipped un­der the peepal trees in most vil­lages of In­dia.

Largest Oxy­gen Provider

The Peepal tree is very im­por­tant and a gift of god to us hu­mans as it is con­sid­ered to be the largest provider of oxy­gen, along with Neem and Tulsi. It is widely known that these trees re­lease oxy­gen even at night. They can up­take CO2 dur­ing the night as well. Peepal trees there­fore charge the at­mos­phere with fresh­ness and life rem­e­dy­ing pol­lu­tion. There­fore from the point of view of pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and off­set­ting car­bon emis­sions, Peepal trees need to be saved and mul­ti­plied.

Peepal Tree Kills Bac­te­ria

It is proven by the re­searchers that the in­ter­act­ing flow of wind as well as the sound of Peepal leaves due to the rub­bing of leaves dur­ing breeze can kill the in­fect­ing bac­te­ria slowly.

Ad­vices from Vidyanathji

• Ev­ery per­son is ad­vised to plant one Peepal tree in his life­time – he shall be im­mune to the dif­fi­cul­ties that could trou­ble, his oth­er­wise smooth life. With the ex­cep­tion of Sun­days, the Peepal plant should be wa­tered reg­u­larly. As the plant grows big­ger, your suc­cess and pros­per­ity shall also grow in tan­dem .Once the Peepal plant is planted, proper, reg­u­lar care is a must. It should be borne in mind that the tree should be planted away from the house – even the shadow of the plant/tree should not fall on the house. • By watering the tree, daily, the malefic ef­fects of the un­fa­vor­able plan­ets is re­duced and ul­ti­mately nul­li­fied. Cir­cum­bu­lat­ing the Peepal tree rids a per­son of the malefic ef­fects of the ‘Kaal Sarpyog’ also. • It is be­lieved that any per­son who es­tab­lishes a ‘Shivling’ un­der a Peepal tree is freed from all the trou­bles that could have tres­passed, into his life –once a ‘Shivling’ has been es­tab­lished un­der the Peepal tree ,it should be prayed and obei­sance should be of­fered ,daily. The devo­tee shall be party to all ma­te­ri­al­is­tic happiness and ob­jects, in his life. • Amaz­ing re­sults can be reached by recit­ing the ‘Hanu­man Chal­isa’, sit­ting un­der the Peepal tree – but this should not be done on a Sun­day. • Sit­ting un­der a Peepal tree, take eleven leaves of the Peepal tree and write “Shri Ram’ on them, with san­dal paste – then of­fer these 11 leaves on the idol of Lord Hanu­man – all ob­sta­cles and hin­drances shall be re­moved. • To nul­lify the seven and a half year pe­riod, and the two and a half year pe­riod of the planet Saturn and re­mov­ing the malefic ef­fects of the other un­fa­vor­able plan­ets, one should of­fer, on ev­ery Satur­day – jag­gery, wa­ter mixed with raw milk,’dhoop’ and in­cense and* For im­prove­ments on the busi­ness front –On a Satur­day, take a Peepal leaf and make a ‘swastika’ sign on it with san­dal wood paste and keep it un­der the seat – re­peat this ev­ery Satur­day, for 7 Satur­days and on the eighth Satur­day, col­lect all these 7 leaves, and drop them off at a se­cluded spot, and in your mind ,re­peat your wish for pros­per­ity and growth – very soon ,you shall see your busi­ness grow­ing and pros­per­ing. • Chronic ill­ness and dis­eases can also be nul­li­fied and im­prove­ment no­ticed, by the use of Peepal leaves; apart from watering the tree daily, a pa­tient should touch the root of the tree with his left hand and pray for an early rid­dance of his health is­sues. He shall no­tice that the ef­fi­cacy of his medicines has greatly in­creased and he is get­ting much more ben­e­fit from the dosage. • For any chronic ill­ness which re­fuses to die down – the pa­tient should keep a Peepal leaf un­der his pil­low and he shall see a marked im­prove­ment in his health. • For those cou­ples who wish for a child but are un­able to con­ceive - ev­ery morn­ing, take a Peepal leaf and dip it in wa­ter, for at least an hour – then they should take out the leaf and keep it un­der a tree and both the hus­band and wife, should drink the re­main­ing wa­ter – very soon ,they shall have their wish of par­ent­hood, ful­filled. They should do this for at least 2-3 months. For Any Queries Con­tact : bussi­ness­sphere@red­iff­

Pan­dit Vidyanath Vats - Fa­mous Astrologer & Vastu Con­sul­tant

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