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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(1): 2606-2613
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.901.295


Sacred Trees of India: Traditional Approach towards Plant Conservation
Afaq Majid Wani*, Gyanaranjan Sahoo and Shubham Gupta
Department of Forest Biology & Tree Improvement, College of Forestry, SHUATS, Prayagraj, U.P.211007, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Mountains, rivers, animals, plants, rocks, planets and even stars are considered divine. Trees being nature's major processors of solar energy which is vital for our existence, and yielding flowers, fruit, wood or medicine, have been worshiped by the Hindus as a matter of gratitude. Plants are truly a gift by god to the mankind; human beings recognized their dependence on plants at the very beginning of their life on the planet. Plants are often connected with the culture since ancient times, trees do not just have religious value but also various other values associated with them. The man’s physical environment is dominated by the trees and plants. Plants and trees are considered dear to the gods and planting plants is considered as a ritual of worship, according to the mythologies, planting trees can help people lead better life with the grace of Devtas. Buddhism has very close relation with the plants, it is the duty of people to preserve plants considering them as living being. A Buddhist monk never cuts down a tree, as the trees have life in them and they believe that it is an abode of the deity. The Jains consider plants to be important parts of the human existence, all 24 Jain tirthankaras meditated under the trees to attain enlightenment, they have a perception of livingness for the whole universe, plants and trees possess same soul as human beings. Islam also encouraged to plant trees and warned about cutting them down for instance – ‘Whoever plants a tree and patiently maintains it and tends to it until its fruition, every single fruit consumed from that tree is regarded by Allah as charity. Holy Bible says “God made the trees with seed-bearing fruit. He gave us the possibility to increase their number by planting the seeds. We needed to learn to do this to continue receiving their benefits.” Each religion of India considers the trees important, given are the sacred trees of various religions of India.


Keywords: Sacred Trees, Plans conservation, Hindus, Buddhism, Bible
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Afaq Majid Wani, Gyanaranjan Sahoo and Shubham Gupta. 2020. Sacred Trees of India: Traditional Approach towards Plant Conservation.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(1): 2606-2613. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.901.295