7 important trees that are sacred to India

Sandalwood

Renowned for its marvellous fragrant oil, the Sandalwood tree was once a common sight in the coastal paradise of South India. Such has been the worth of its oil and wood, that profit mongers have capitalized and exploited it to a dangerous degree. As a result, its now listed among the most vulnerable species tending towards extinction. Hindu scriptures prescribe sandalwood paste for healing cuts and inflammation. It is an integral part of rituals, where the devotees smear it on their foreheads as a mark of the presence of god within them. Owing to its sacredness, the wood finds use in all kinds of occasions and furniture themed around divinity and sanctity. Keeping this in mind, we crafted the Treed Signature from black Sandalwood.

7 important trees that are sacred to India - Treed Stories

Banyan

Gigantic and commanding, the Banyan tree is a biosphere in itself to hundreds of living organisms - the snake that nests within its branches to the yogi who meditates under its shade. The banyan is home and haven to all. No wonder, Indians regard it with so much reverence. The Hindu god, Krishna played flute under the tree as his cows grazed the fields. It is also the national tree of India. Although a frequent visual in the subcontinent, the probability of finding a Banyan multiplies as you move closer to a temple. We at Treed have also found that some people consider it more a forest than a tree because it can spread to a baffling 200 meters.

7 important trees that are sacred to India - Treed Stories

Walnut

Walnut known majorly for its dry fruit is less familiar as a holy tree. Indians in the Kashmir valley use the fruit of the walnut tree as offering to their deities. Religious folks personify the hard exterior of the nut to emphasize on the necessity of staying Stoic in an unbalanced world. At the same time, the inner soft core of the nut symbolizes a tender heart willing to be courageous enough to stay kind. When we chose the wood of the tree as raw material for our natural watch line, we had been convinced about the appeal it would inspire within our beloved male customers. And so the Treed Original came into existence.

Neem

A Hindu religious book named the Vedas calls the Neem tree as the "healer of all ailments". The holy drink of life was transported to heaven. By mistake, a few drops of it fell on the Neem plant. That reportedly imparted it a magical ability to cure. The tree is a representative of purity. Legends talk of the sun god taking refuge under the branches of Neem to protect himself from evil and malevolent forces. As a harbinger of change, by introducing state - of - the - art sustainable solutions to conventional accessories, we at Treed take immense inspiration from such beautiful pieces of nature's art

Ashoka

A plethora of Indian traditions are associated with the Ashoka tree. You could wear a small chunk of its root tied to a red thread on your neck to help you deal with evil forces. Or you could simply contemplate under its branches like Buddha did. The meaning of the word "Ashoka" itself is "absence of grief". A less popular story is told of the Hindu god of love who kept the flower of the tree with him for hope that it would excite feelings of sexual lure. The flower is a state flower in a coastal province in India. A great Indian epic also mentions a garden of Ashok trees where a goddess was kept in traps.

Kadam

This tree has a festival of its own - celebrated in the month of July in India to signify the end of a successful harvest period. On this day, a small branch is broken from the tree and worshiped inside the house. Kadam is Lord Krishna's favorite tree. South Indians relate it to the wife of a prominent Hindu god, Shiva. The Kadam flower was also the emblem of a princely Indian state. It lends it name to a South Indian dynasty too. A folklore speaks of the tree being the usual abode of the Buddha, but there is no evidence to this story.

7 important trees that are sacred to India - Treed Stories

Mango

Ask an Indian on the street about this plant, and he will tell you about how delectable its fruits are. There is nothing more indigenous to India than a mango tree. But like the walnut, this one is also not known for its spiritual affiliations. You will find the fruit present in baskets that women carry to the temple as offering to god. Its leaf gives base support for coconuts kept on cooper jugs. This arrangement is present in every ritual of the Hindu culture. It is also regarded as a creation of lord Buddha.


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