There are many sacred trees in India. However there are some trees of India which are mentioned in the ancient scriptures. Many of these trees have been used for thousands of years and are still used today in Ayurveda, the ancient medicine of India.
If you consider to stay on the top of any of these trees, you could visit Jahnavi Kunja Ashram and stay at tree house. Or you prefer to stay longer or live in Ashram?
Here are some famous trees in India which you will be acquainted within your travels in India.
The most famous Bodhi tree can be found in Bodgaya in state of Bihar in Northern India. This is three under which the Buddha sat and achieved enlightenment. Bodhi trees are tall trees with a large crown. It belongs to the family of fig trees. It is also known as peepal tree. The Peepal is used in Ayurveda as blood purifier and for digestion.
After the Buddha became enlightened he decided to share his spiritual experience and began teaching the dharma. His first sermon was given in Sarnath. Later sapling from this original Bodhi tree was taken to Sri Lanka where if was planted in Kandy. From here a sampling was taken and planted to Sarnath near the place where Buddha gave his first sermon.
Vamsi vata tree is mentioned in the Krishna lilas in the Bhagavata purana. This ancient tree is prevalent in Vrindavan near Mathura in state of Uttar Pradesh.
In His youth Krishna would climb upon this tree and play his flute. It was also the tree under which later Krishna performed the famous rasa dance in the company of the gopies.
Siddha bakula tree is certain tree in Puri in the state of Orissa, India. Under this three Haridas Thakur the famous Indian saint sat and chanted the holy names 20 hours daily.
Bakul tree belongs to the mimosa family of trees. The original tree which dates 500 years ago can still be found at this place today and is revered by pilgrims and tourists who visit Puri.
Nimai tree can be found in Mayapur in State of West Bengal in India. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as a child was named Nimai because He was born under a Neem tree 500 years ago.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is held to be an avatar of this age. His followers are known as Gaudiya Vaishnavas. We all know of the medicinal value of the Neem tree which is used in Ayurveda. Find out more in this another article if you plan to stay in Mayapur.
Arjuna tree received its name from one of the heroes of Mahabharata whose name was Arjuna. It is a strong steely tree much like the warrior Arjuna was. Because of this it considered a sacred tree.
It is a tree native to Northern India. It is widely used in Ayurveda for treatment of circulatory illness and hearth problems.
Banyan tree is the national tree of India. I is mentioned in Bhagavad-gita. It also belongs to the family of fig trees. It lives to be hundreds of years old.
Banyan tree is considered the biggest oxygen producer in the world. The biggest banyan tree can be found in Chennai in State of Tamil Nadu, India in the well maintained botanical garden managed by Theosophical Society.
These were some of the most famous sacred trees of India. Of course there are many others which are also very important in the medicine and Indians consider all trees sacred because all life is sacred.