The peepal tree, with its heart-shaped leaves, is one of the most revered trees in India. The tree is considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The tree also symbolises the continuity of life because the tree itself lives and grows for hundreds of years. Childless couples worship the tree, tying threads of white, red and yellow silk around it to pray for progeny and rewarding parenthood.
The peepal tree is also sacred to the Buddhists, because Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment under this tree. Due to this, the peepal tree is often referred to as the Bodhi tree or the ‘tree of enlightenment’.