5 Most Sacred Trees and Plants To Be Worshipped

Hindus have been worshipping trees and plants for a long time as a matter of gratitude to the Almighty. These trees are considered sacred and hold a great significance. Worshipping plants is known to be a popular ancient practice in India. Many Hindu traditions and sentiments are attached to it. In modern times too, the tradition of worshipping trees and plants signifies prosperity, fertility, purity, life, and divinity. In this blog, we are throwing light on 5 such plants and trees that are considered holy and are worshipped with utmost dedication and devotion in India.

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5 Most Sacred Trees as per Hinduism

Bael Tree: This tree is very popular as it is associated with Mahadev. Anyone who wants to please Lord Shiva must offer the leaves and fruits of the Bael tree to him. This tree has trifoliate leaves that are considered very auspicious and are a symbol of three main functions of the three most powerful Hindu deities-  Lord Brahma (creator), Lord Vishnu (saviour), and Lord Shiva (destructer). Some people also regard these trifoliate leaves as Lord Shiva’s three eyes. Apart from spiritual significance, the Bael tree has many medicinal qualities which are used in Ayurvedic medicines.

Tulsi: Tulsi plant is considered very auspicious, and the leaves of this plant are used in almost every religious ceremony in India. Tulsi is planted in almost every house at a sacred place. As per the ancient Vedas, the Tulsi plant is considered so sacred that merely touching the plant’s wood can purify the person. This is why saints, yogis, and mystics in India wear a string made of Tulsi beads. Tulsi plant is also a medicinal boon that is well known for its sophisticated healing properties in Ayurveda.

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Banana Tree: A banana tree is not exactly a tree but an herb, but due to its structure and size, it is known as a tree. The fruit of the Banana tree is offered to Lord Vishnu and Maa Lakshmi. It is an auspicious tree whose leaves are used for the decoration of ceremonial and religious Pandals. These leaves are also used to serve Prasad and food in many regions of India. The leaves of the Banana tree are offered to Lord Ganesh as well. The devotees who worship this tree on Thursday with fruits, flowers, incense sticks, moli, and Haldi-Kumkum, are blessed with peace and prosperity.

Peepal Tree: The sight of a Peepal tree is quite common in Shani and Hanuman temples. It is believed that Maa Lakshmi resides under this tree on Saturday; therefore, worshipping the Peepal tree on this day gives auspicious results. A person who wants to earn a good name and reputation in the society and the generations to come must water the Peepal tree regularly. It also helps in getting rid of contagious diseases and enemies and helps in restoring good health. A woman who performs Parikrama around the Peepal tree can fulfill her desires. 

Banyan Tree: As per many ancient scriptures and texts, a Banyan tree is a symbol of longevity and represents the divine creator. This tree is considered as a shelter provided to the devotees by god. Anyone who worships this tree with devotion and dedication fulfills their desired wishes and gets material gains. Any couple who is unable to conceive a child can be blessed with one by worshipping the Peepal tree as it is a symbol of fertility. This tree is also known by the name of Bargad and Vat Vriksha, and cutting it is considered highly inauspicious. The leaves of a Banyan tree are used in many Hindu rituals. 

These 5 trees have great religious values and special significance in the Hindu religion. To reap the fruits, one must grow and worship them with devotion. 

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