Top 15 Religious Plants of India
Below are some of these religious plants-
Peepal tree is one of the most worshipped tree of India and is also popularly known as the Bodhi tree. It is sacred for Buddhist people because it is believed that Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree. In hinduism, the peepal tree represent the three supreme gods- Vishnu, Brahma, Shiva. The roots represent Brahma, the trunk represent Vishnu and the leaves of the tree represent Shiva. Peepal tree has its uses in Ayurvedic medicines as well and is known to treat many ailments. A cloth or thread of red color is tied around the tree to worship it.
Banyan tree is generally said to be the humble abode of Krishna. Banyan trees are always found either near a temple or their is a shrine below the tree itself. It is also the national tree of our country and has a large foliage which provides a vast field of shade. In the scorching summers, many people jaded by the blistering heat take shelter under the shade of the banyan tree.
Bael is a very sacred tree of India and is associated with the almighty Lord Shiva. The bael leaves are always offered to Shiva. The religious ceremonies are considered incomplete if the Bael leaves and fruits are not offered to him.
Ashoka is a very well known evergreen tree which has beautiful and fragrant flowers. The ashoka tree is considered sacred by Hindus, Buddhists and even Jains. In hinduism, this tree is associated to the God of Love, also known as the Kama Deva.
The leaves and fruits of the sacred mango tree are used in many religious ceremonies. The mango tree has been cited in the epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and even in the Puranas. The fruit of the mango tree is an emblem of purity, love and fertility. The leaves of the mango tree are always hung by a string express the auspiciousness of of any occasion.
The neem tree is one of the most respected trees in India due to its innumerous benefits. Neem has medicinal properties and is used to treat many diseases. It is also associated with goddess Durga and many people believe that neem trees help in keeping evil spirits at bay.
The sacree banana tree is used in many religious ceremonies. The leaves are hanged near the entrance to mark an auspicious occasion and are also used as plates to give prasad. The fruit of the banana tree is offered in religious ceremonies to gods and goddesses, in particular, Lord Ganesha and Lord Vishnu.
In South India, the coconut tree is considered the most sacred tree. Most of the people there have planted a coconut tree in their houses. Coconut is used many religious ceremonies of the hindus and is even distributed as prasad.
Of all the beautiful and alluring flowers found in our country, lotus is considered to be the purest of them all. It is national flower of our country and every inch of this flower is pure beauty. It generally has a pink color and is an emblem of knowledge and prosperity. The goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati sit on red and white lotuses. The lotus is also associated with Brahma.
Sandalwood is also considered to be a holy and sacred tree. The fragrant wood of the tree is made into a paste, which is then used in worshipping Lord Vishnu and Shiva. The paste of the tree is considered very pure and holy.
Kunda is known for its beautiful white flowers and is sacred to Vishnu. In Manipur, the flowers are used in many religious ceremonies and worship of gods and goddesses. Kunda is an essential part of the marriage ceremonies and the flowers are used as garlands in the ceremony.
Lord Krishna used to play his flute under the Kadamb tree. All the activites in his childhood, were done near this tree. The kadamb tree is a favorite among many gods and goddesses. Goddess durga is believed to reside in the Kadamba forest.
Plumeria (Indian magnolia/Champa/Chafa/Champak/Firangipani/ Anona Hexapetala)
Champa is a dazzling and sweetly scented yellow flower, used in religious ceremonies and worship of gods. It is considered to be sacred to Krishna. It is believed to be a part of one of the five darts of flowers of Kama deva.
Magnolia Champaca (Michelia champaca/ Sonchafa)
Tulsi is one of the most common sacred plants of our country. Many people has tulsi’s planted in their backyards. Tulsi is always needed in religious ceremonies and is also popular for its medical applications. Tulsi is loved by Lord Vishnu and in hinduism, tulsi vivaah is a very popular religious practice. Apart from this, yogis wear tulsi beads to purify their mind, body and soul.
Parijaat tree is the name of one tree and not a whole species. This tree is found in Kintoor in Uttar Pradesh. It is the male tree of the boabab genus and is found in parts of Africa and Australia. These trees are said to be very unique and the one found in Kintoor is estimated to be 1000 to 5000 years old. This unique tree is associated with Mahabharata and is said to be growing on Kunti’s ashes. This tree is believed to have been brought from heaven by Krishna.