Science behind religious practices_3

Why a peepal tree (Arali) will be found in most of the temples?

The Peepal tree is circumambulated and worshipped by all, particularly women for fertility and longevity. It has to be worshipped daily after the morning bath (Mahabharatha, Vol.X, Anusasana Parva, p.268).

Science behind this is peepal tree is the only tree that releases Oxygen all the time and particularly in large amount in the morning time.

Most plants largely uptake Carbon dioxide (CO{-2})and release oxygen during the day (photosynthesis) and uptake oxygen and release CO{-2} during the night (respiration). Peepal tree can uptake CO{-2} during the night as well because of their ability to perform a type of photosynthesis called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM).

Scientific research has revealed that among tress, Peepal is the only tree that produces oxygen in abundant quantity day and night, which is so essential for life. Peepal provides life sustaining oxygen, which proves it to be a life sustainer. Continuously research has also proved that the sound and interacting flow of wind, with peepal leaves, slowly but surely kills infection bacteria as well.

According to the book of Ayurveda, peepal leaves, fruits and bark are killers of diseases. People tree has both sweet and bitter taste and has a cooling property. Licking honey placed on peepal leaves is believed to cure speech irregularities. Its bark yields the tannin used in treating leather. Its leaves, when heated in ghee, are applied to cure wounds. Ingesting the bark, fruit and buds with different combination of things cures diseases related with phlegm, bile, inflammation swelling and indisposition etc.

Peepal Tree is known as “Ashvattha” in Sanskrit, Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment under the peepal tree and the peepal is also sacred to Buddhist. Hence it is also called the Bodhi tree or “tree of enlightenment”.

And many more reasons…