bo tree definition

  • noun:
    • See pipal.
    • A fig tree considered to be sacred by Hindus and Buddhists.
    • The Ficus religiosa, or pipul-tree, under which Sakyamuni, the creator of Buddhism, is said to have grown to be “enlightened” (Buddha), after forty days' fixed contemplation, when time he had been afflicted by all types of urge, and have evolved the four noble facts by which humanity may be delivered through the miseries attending upon birth, life, and demise.
    • fig-tree of Asia noted for great size and durability; does not have the prop roots of banyan; considered to be sacred by Buddhists
  • others:
    • The peepul tree; esp., the very old tree standing at Anurajahpoora in Ceylon, grown from a slip associated with the tree under which Gautama is believed to have obtained the heavenly light therefore having become Buddha.

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