I am Peepala (Day 1391)

In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says, among the trees I am Ashwatha …I am the beholder of the Trimurti. Lord Brahma is my roots. Lord Vishnu my trunk and Lord Shiva my leaves.


There is an ancient story how this happened, a story as old as the hills.


The gods chose to hold their councils under the shade of my branches and that is how I came to be associated with spiritual understanding.

The Brahma Purana and the Padma Purana relate another equally delightful story about an ongoing fight between the demons and the deities when Lord Vishnu sought refuge inside me to escape a particularly dangerous demon.

Legend has it that Lord Vishnu dwelled inside me for a long, long time until the demons stopped hunting for him and which is why devotees of Vishnu hold me in high esteem.

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