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Concept Of Birth Star Tree In Hinduism

In Hinduism, the concept of the "birth star tree" or "Nakshatra Vriksha" is rooted in ancient beliefs that each person is associated with a particular tree based on their birth star (Nakshatra). This idea links astrology with nature, promoting the conservation of specific trees and connecting individuals with their natural environment.

Key Elements of Birth Star Tree Concept

Nakshatra (Birth Star): In Vedic astrology, there are 27 Nakshatras, or lunar mansions, each spanning 13°20' of the ecliptic. These Nakshatras play a crucial role in an individual’s horoscope, influencing personality, destiny, and other aspects of life.

Associated Trees: Each Nakshatra is linked to a particular tree, believed to be beneficial for the individual born under that Nakshatra. The association is based on ancient texts and the belief that specific trees have unique energies and properties that correspond to the characteristics of the Nakshatra.

Spiritual and Medicinal Benefits: The trees associated with Nakshatras are often valued for their medicinal properties, spiritual significance, and ecological benefits. Worshiping or planting one's birth star tree is believed to bring prosperity, health, and harmony.

Ecological Aspect: Promoting the planting and preservation of Nakshatra trees has an ecological dimension, encouraging biodiversity and environmental conservation.

Nakshatra Trees

Here are some examples of Nakshatras and their corresponding trees:

  1. Ashwini: Strychnos nux-vomica (Nux-vomica)
  2. Bharani: Emblica officinalis (Indian gooseberry, Amla)
  3. Krittika: Ficus religiosa (Peepal)
  4. Rohini: Syzygium cumini (Black plum, Jamun)
  5. Mrigashira: Acacia catechu (Catechu)
  6. Ardra: Terminalia arjuna (Arjun tree)
  7. Punarvasu: Bambusa arundinacea (Bamboo)
  8. Pushya: Ficus religiosa (Peepal)
  9. Ashlesha: Terminalia belerica (Belleric myrobalan)
  10. Magha: Ficus benghalensis (Banyan)
  11. Purva Phalguni: Ficus lacor (Pakal)
  12. Uttara Phalguni: Ficus infectoria (White fig)
  13. Hasta: Bombax ceiba (Silk cotton tree)
  14. Chitra: Aegle marmelos (Bael)
  15. Swati: Ficus infectoria (White fig)
  16. Vishakha: Ficus hispida (Cluster fig)
  17. Anuradha: Ficus racemosa (Cluster fig)
  18. Jyeshtha: Syzygium cumini (Black plum, Jamun)
  19. Mula: Ficus benghalensis (Banyan)
  20. Purvashadha: Ficus religiosa (Peepal)
  21. Uttarashadha: Ficus glomerata (Cluster fig)
  22. Shravana: Prosopis cineraria (Khejri)
  23. Dhanishta: Butea monosperma (Flame of the forest)
  24. Shatabhisha: Acacia ferruginea (Rusty acacia)
  25. Purva Bhadrapada: Ficus lacor (Pakal)
  26. Uttara Bhadrapada: Ficus glomerata (Cluster fig)
  27. Revati: Madhuca indica (Mahua)

Practical Application

  • Planting Rituals: Hindus often plant their birth star tree on significant life events like birthdays, anniversaries, or during religious ceremonies, believing it enhances their spiritual and physical well-being.
  • Environmental Conservation: This tradition supports ecological balance by encouraging the planting of a diverse range of trees, fostering biodiversity.
  • Cultural Heritage: The practice preserves traditional knowledge about the medicinal and spiritual properties of various trees, passing this wisdom through generations.

The concept of birth star trees in Hinduism beautifully intertwines astrology, spirituality, and ecology, fostering a deep connection between humans and nature. It encourages individuals to care for and preserve their environment, reflecting the ancient wisdom of living in harmony with nature.

Plant Your Birth Star Tree – Janma Nakshatra Vriksha Paripalana by Travancore Devaswom Board 

Janma Nakshatra Vriksha Paripalana is a green initiative by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) in Kerala. As part of the program, a devotee can join the scheme to plant his or her birth star tree. Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) would plant and nurture the tree in the temples maintained by Travancore Devaswom Board.

The directions to take part in the scheme are also available at Sabarimala Devaswom Development Project office.