Nature love in Hinduism, the belief that trees are believed to be the basis of eternal life. Many sacred Sacred Trees, Plants, and Fruit in Hindu Culture for their medicinal/aesthetic and natural properties as well.
Tree and Plant:
1. Tulsi Sacred Tree: This plant is considered sacred as it is associated with the symbol of Vishnu. It is pervaded by the essence of the deity. And he is worshiped as a deity. It is said to be one of the things that came out of the Samudra Manthan by the Devas and Asuras.
2. Som: Its botanical name is Sarcostemma Viminalis or Asclepius acid, which is a type of creeper with leafy stem. The plant yields an invigorating drink, also known as soma, nectar, or ambrosia. Which provides health, strength, and fitness.
3. Parijat Sacred Tree: This plant is no longer available on Earth. It was a divine plant found in the gardens of Indraloka. This became a cause of tension between Indra and Krishna.
Finally, Lord Krishna brought this plant to earth at the request of his wife Satyabhama. It is said that this plant then went to Indralok. When Lord Krishna left for his heavenly abode.
4. Sacred Peepal Tree: It is considered very religious in Hinduism. And it is considered equivalent to Lord Vishnu. No Hindu dares to cut this tree, even if it comes in the way of some work (such as construction).
The place of its presence has been left untouched and the construction has been designed in such a way that the tree remains intact.
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5. Sacred Banyan Tree: This tree is also called Bad. It is said that the name banyan is derived from the word Baniya, the name given to the Hindu traders who used to worship it.
6. Bilva Patra: Another name of this tree is Bel and its botanical name is Aegle Marmilos. The leaves of this tree are offered to Lord Shiva. The triple form of Bilva Patra is the most sacred and is placed on the Shiva-Linga in the month of Shravan.
7. Sacred Tree of Ashoka: The botanical name of this plant is Sarica indica or Jonesia Ashoka and it is sacred to Lord Shiva.
8. Kusha grass: (Poisinoides) and Durva grass (Agrostis Linearis) are the most sacred of all grasses. Essential in all Hindu rituals, Kusha, Durva grass is sacred to Ganesha and is offered to him during worship.
9. Lotus: This flower has great significance in Hinduism, as it is associated with Brahma and Lakshmi who emerged from the churning of the ocean with a lotus in their hands. Its association with the deities makes this flower sacred, though it is not worshiped directly in a simple way.
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10. Coconut: It is also known as Coconut or Kashi-Phal, which is recognized as the fruit of the Goddess of Prosperity. This fruit is offered to all the gods.
11. Sita Phal: Also known as Custard Apple, is considered a sacred fruit. and is offered to the deities during puja performances.
12. The sacred tree of Rudraksha: (Eleocarpus gunitus): The beads of Rudraksha (the rough berries of the Rudraksha tree) are considered very sacred. And also used as a rosary to meditate.