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Photo of the week 7 – of trees and temples

In India it’s not unusual to see some interesting arrangements under Peepal and Banyan trees. I find it amazing to see how a tree can be treated as an improvise place of worship – a kind of a makeshift temple which doesn’t require money, efforts and time to be built. What a quaint place to come with your prayers to. Both these trees have a remarkable religious significance for the followers of Hinduism and Buddhism.  Here are just a few arrangements I’ve seen under Peepal (Ficus religiosa) and Banyan (Ficus benghalensis):

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And this arrangements is not on a Banyan or Peepal tree, but I thought I’d include into the post – it was set up by the fishermen in one of the lagoons close by.

Fishermen's arrangement

And speaking of Peepal, dry leaves of this tree are often used to paint on – isn’t it nicer to give someone a pretty little picture like this instead of an ordinary postcard? 🙂

painting on a peepal leaf

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