I didn't bother to check the pipal tree
and the parakeets.
In the heart of the city, at the confluence of the bazaars of bird sellers and cloth merchants, in the grain market there stood a giant Pipal tree
. The tree had stood tall and proud for almost 2,000 years on the bank of Bara River, which flowed through the middle of the city as recently as mid 1800s.
Unpretentious altars, the remains of common faith -- formed through the accumulation of devotional objects such as garlands, ritual lamps, small idols of gods and goddesses and pictures of deities and saints -- can be seen at the foot of almost every pipal tree
along Indian roads, whether in villages, towns or metropolises.
This led to unfounded rumours that the motionless Bomjan sitting beneath his pipal tree
was either a statue or a corpse.
After six years of study, meditation, and fasting, he finally sat beneath a pipal tree
at Bodh Gaya, determined not to rise again until he reached true enlightenment.
Soon thereafter, his daughter Sanghamitra, who had become a Buddhist nun was sent to Sri Lanka with a sapling of the Pipal tree
under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya.
The pipal tree
(Ficus religiosa), for instance, represents the divine Hindu Trinity or trimurti: the roots being Brahma, the trunk Vishnu, and the leaves Shiva.
The main function is organized at Bodha Gaya where Lord Budhha was gained enlightenment under a Pipal tree
He squats cross-legged under a pipal tree
, the same tree the Buddha sat beneath in 560 BC, eyes closed, quietly meditating.
This is the most popular tree in Sri Lanka next to the Bo Tree (Pipal Tree
) in Anuradhapura.
They also worship the pipal tree
(a sacred tree) on the day.
An ancient pipal tree
or sacred fig grows at the back of the temple, said to be a descendent of the one Buddha sat under for three days and nights in the sixth century BC, before finding the answers he sought under a full moon.