Earths Banyan Tree
Banyan Tree 2017©Isadora DeLaVega
A banyan (also banian) is a fig that starts its life as an epiphyte when its seeds germinate in the cracks and crevices on a host tree.
The seeds of banyans are dispersed by fruit-eating birds. The seeds germinate and send down roots towards the ground, and may envelop part of the host tree structure with their roots, giving them the casual name of “strangler fig”.
The leaves of a banyan tree are large, leathery, glossy green and elliptical in shape. Like most of the fig-trees, leaf bud is covered by two large scales.
In the Bhagavat Gita, Krishna said “There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down, and the Vedic hymns are its leaves. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas.”
In Hinduism, the leaf of the banyan tree is said to be the resting place for the God Krishna, who, after consuming all the universe during the time of destruction, absorbs everything created and turns himself into a child as small as he could fit into the tiny leaf of the banyan tree and keep floating in the void space, until he himself decides to recreate everything back out from him.
Buddha is believed to have achieved enlightenment in Bodhgaya in India while meditating under a banyan tree of the species Sacred Fig. The tree is known as Bodhi Tree. ©Info wikipedia
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