The Ashwattha Tree

- March 27, 2024


The Ashwattha tree, more commonly known as the Peepul tree, is revered as sacred for many reasons. It is seen as the king of trees. This is because the tree is said to contain the Trimurti within itself. Brahma is said to exist in the roots, Vishnu in its roots and Shiva in the foliage.

Peepul tree
Illustration: Ritoparna Hazra

The Peepul is also believed to be a wish-fulfilling tree by many communities. Interestingly, it was under this tree that Krishna was lying when Jara, a hunter, shot an arrow into his foot, that led to Krishna’s death in the mortal world.

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