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Trees for Memories

Bodhgaya, Bihar

Project Purpose
Trees for Memories

Location

The initiative entails the plantation of 8,000 trees in the Art of Living Centre situated in Bodhgaya, Bihar.

Aim

Enhancement of

Biodiversity

Carbon Sequestration

Plantation of

Herbal Trees

Increase in

Green Cover

Reduction in

Air Pollution

Why Trees?

Bodhgaya is revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike for its sacred importance. It is said that praying for your ancestors in Gaya can provide them deliverance from the cycle of life and death, known as ‘Moksha.' The city was also the location of Lord Buddha's enlightenment.

The 15-day long Pitru Paksha Mela (20th September to 5th October) during the Hindu month of Shradh is also held in Bodhgaya, Bihar. For Hindus throughout the country, the occasion is extremely important, and it is thought that paying respect to ancestors becomes much more sacred and meaningful if done at this time. In addition to worshipping, Daan is one of the significant aspects of Pitru Paksha Puja. People bring food and other offerings to their ancestors, as well as charitable contributions.

Trees not only protect the environment but also give positive energy. Various trees are linked with Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism in one form or another. Offering pind daan, tarpan, and a Brahmin feast during Shradh or Pitru Paksha is said to help one seek blessings from their ancestors.

The project is introduced to give individuals an opportunity to plant trees in memory of the departed by paying homage to them in this sacred city. Individuals can now plant trees for those who have passed away as a part of Pitrupaksh, to seek blessings through this endeavor. Planting trees is a wonderful way to honor our forefathers, as well as a hopeful method to ensure that future generations will be able to see a better and healthier environment.

Social Impact

The Art of Living Center, founded by one of the most revered humanitarian and spiritual leaders of India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is an epicenter of wisdom, salvation, and inner peace. People from distant corners of the world visit this center to achieve peace and mindfulness through yoga and meditation.
Saplings of mango, jamun, lemon, jackfruit, neem, and other wellness-related species are being planted on the premises of this center. Trees and greener environments are strongly linked to reduced negative thoughts, reduced symptoms of depression, better-reported moods, and increased life satisfaction (Berman et al., 2012; Bratman, Hamilton, Hahn, Daily, & Gross, 2015; Li, Deal, Zhou, Slavenas, & Sullivan, 2018; Lohr & Pearson-Mims, 2006; Mayer, Frantz, Bruehlman-Senecal, & Dolliver, 2009; Taylor, Wheeler, White, Economou, & Osborne, 2015; White, Alcock, Wheeler, & Depledge, 2013). The plantations will not only establish a peaceful green space for the current residents and volunteers in the center but also ensure that people visiting this space in the near future have access to cleaner air and greener surroundings.

People from nearby locations as well as children studying in the center are actively involved in nurturing the saplings. The plantation process is an effective way for children to learn more about their natural surroundings and connect with the environment they stay in. Children, residents, and visitors will also have easy access to fruits, vegetables, and herbs because of the plantation.

When you plant trees in the holy city of Gaya, you’re not only seeking the revered blessings of your ancestors but also contributing to the betterment of natural ecosystems and rural communities. Every year, the trees you plant are expected to sequester about 168,000 kg of carbon from the atmosphere.

Tree Species
  • Nimboo
    Common Name
    Lemon

    Botanical Name
    Citrus limon
  • Teak
    Common Name
    Teak

    Botanical Name
    Tectona grandis
  • Shisham, Sisu, Sheeshami
    Common Name
    Shisham or Sheeshami

    Botanical Name
    Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. ex DC.
  • Neem
    Common Name
    Neem

    Botanical Name
    Azadirachta indica
  • Jamun
    Common Name
    Jamun

    Botanical Name
    Syzygium cumini
  • Jackfruit
    Common Name
    Jackfruit

    Botanical Name
    Artocarpus heterophyllus
  • Mango
    Common Name
    Mango

    Botanical Name
    Mangifera indica
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