On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, the day Lord Buddha was born, a Buddha Vatika was developed in the Kailash hostel of Lucknow University. Peepal, Banyan, Khirni, Pakad and Jamun trees were planted by Lucknow University Vice Chancellor Prof Alok Kumar Rai.
“The students living in the hostel will visit the Buddha Vatika and learn about the life of Lord Buddha and their attention will be focused on the teachings of Lord Buddha. Traditional trees of India will also be protected in this garden and the tree revolution will be initiated. Trees are an important part of our life and their
preservation is very important,” said Amita Kanaujia, coordinator at the Institute of Wildlife, Lucknow University.
Talking about the Buddha Vatika, she said trees associated with the life of Lord Buddha were planted there.
“He was born in the shadow of a Sal tree. He first started meditating under a Jamun tree. Gained knowledge in the shade of Peepal tree and gained Mahanirvana under the shade of Sal tree. His entire life was connected with trees. He used to stay under trees even during the trips. Those special trees are Peepal, Banyan, Sal, Khirni, Jamun and Pakad” she said. She said that Peepal was also called Bodhi tree because by meditating in the shadow of this tree, Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in the night of Baisakh Purnima.
News Source: The Pioneer