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Banyan

The Banyan tree, or Bodhi tree, or Nyagrodha, known in Botany as Ficus Begalensis, has very profound symbolism. Indian Fig Tree bears the name of the Tree of Many Feet, because its seed, rarely rooting in the ground, ordinarily sends down its hanging garden of roots from its nest in the crown of palms, where it has been deposited by birds. These aerial roots, touching the Earth, sink into it, glide through it and from it spring upward again to send down other drooping branches that root themselves, and so, over and over, until the prodigious grove--myriad parts of a single tree sprung from one air-nested seed--eventually destroys the Palm that cradled it. http://www.sacred-texts.com/earth/boe/boe16.htm It has associations with the Tree of Life, and the World Tree as does the Baobab in other cultures. In India, a Hindu vrata [fast] is observed on the full moon night in Jyeshtha, in honour of mythical princess Savitri.... They pray to the vat (banyan) because it was under this tree that the husband of devoted Savitri, Satyavan, http://www.khandro.net/nature_trees.htm#sacred%20fig-treecame back to life. Schafer (1967, 205, 207) identifies three banyan species of southeastern China and Vietnam, the "true banyan", Ficus retusa, the "bird banyan", F. Wightiana, and the large leaf banyan, F. altissima. http://books.google.com/books?id=Fo087ZxohA4C&pg=PA263&lpg=PA263&dq=ficus+religiosa+linden&source=web&ots=7SRGSNQgU6&sig=tyK1-vXFasdtuBMoa4ImUJPGak8&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result
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