28 December 2023

Learn Something New (ThursdayTreeLove)

 Todays post has a very familiar tree but after all these years in Pune, I found an interesting practice related to it. 

Its the Peepal or Ficus religiosa of the Moraceae family. 

We all know it . 

But at a recent Heritage Walk in Pune, we visited the Munjoba Temple which is home to a large Peepal tree. In some family traditions, whenever a boy undergoes the Thread Ceremony, the boys father first plants a Peepal tree, conducts the ceremony on the tree then for the young lad.

I havent personally seen this practice but it shows the importance of trees have in our lives. According to this article about the Peepal on the website Flowers of India, " Hindus associate the tree with the three gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, Vishnu being reputed to have been born under a Peepul. Which is Vishnu himself in the form of a tree. "

Here are the images.

 Here is another article about the Munjoba Temple and its Peepal tree. Do you know of any interesting practises about the Peepal? 

Heritage walks are a wonderful way to know about a city - reconnect with the one we live in or just know a new city we visit. 

Learn something new. Like I did about the Peepal. The same is true with Tree Walks. 

Here is a link to Heritage Walks in Pune by Ayan

Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post! :-)

A very happy 2024 from our family to yours! Wish you all a 'tree'mendous year!! 

I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove blog hop. Do head over to see fantastic trees from around the world. Better still, join in!

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Alana said...

In my youth, it was a religious duty to sponsor a tree in a certain country where our religion originated, and my parents, indeed, gave money so that baby trees could be planted. I like knowing how important trees are to other religious practices. Why not, when trees are so important in our lives?

Parul said...

I did not know about that ceremony and story related to Peepal tree. I see that Hindus worship peepal or banyan tree and it's interesting that trees have significance more than their being. Thanks for joining with all these interesting stories, Archana. I am behind on my edition but trying to get it out :) Hope your year has started on a good note. Take care!