Tree worship in India has been a part of our tradition for a significant amount of time. Have you seen your ancestors worshipping trees? The most ancient people believed that God resides in five powers, Trees, Air, Water, Land and Light. All these five things combine together to make our lives better. There are a few reasons why people practice tree worship.
Tree Worship In Indian Culture
The Indian heritage considers trees as the most sacred entities of our culture. Ashwatta (peepal tree), the Audhumbara (Indian fig tree), Plaksha (white fig tree), Choota (mango tree) and Nyagrodha (banyan tree), are the holiest tress. Together they combine to be called, Pancha Deva Vrikshas. God has created unnumberable creatures in this world with trees as the form of God. This is one of the major reasons for tree worship in India.
Purifies The Environment
We all have studied in class fifth that trees act as purifiers in the environment. They absorb all the toxins and grant us with clean and neat surroundings. If trees are giving us such a significant gift, why shouldn’t we worship tree God?
Trees are considered to bear medicinal properties. Each part of the tree has varied functions. For example, mango leaves destroy insects and pests, the peepal tree purifies the air. And most importantly, a lot of trees have herbal aspects that cure various diseases. Roots of Banayan tree and fruit of fig tree cures diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Since trees have such outstanding medicinal properties, tree worship is a way to show appreciation and regard.
Trees are a part of the survival-kit in this world. Without trees and plants, our earth is just like a barren land with no water. Trees add beauty to our surroundings and act as a shield to protect mankind. With so many life-bearing properties and maintenance assets, should we not worship trees as God? These are some of the reasons why people practice tree worship in India.