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aśhvatthaḥ sarva-vṛikṣhāṇāṁ devarṣhīṇāṁ cha nāradaḥ
gandharvāṇāṁ chitrarathaḥ siddhānāṁ kapilo muniḥ
aśhvatthaḥ—the peepul tree (sacred fig tree); sarva-vṛikṣhāṇām—amongst all trees; deva-ṛiṣhīṇām—amongst celestial sages; cha—and; nāradaḥ—Narad; gandharvāṇām—amongst the gandharvas; chitrarathaḥ—Chitrarath; siddhānām—of all those who are perfected; kapilaḥ muniḥ—sage Kapil
Of all trees, I am the aśvattha(peepal), and of the devarshis I am Nārada. Of the Gandharvas I am Chitraratha, and of the perfected ones I am the sage Kapila.
The sanctity and miraculous power of this Aswattha tree is mentioned in the Puranas. The Aswattha is the very embodiment of Vishnu from the roots to the leaves. Its fruits are Hari; under its shade, great souls reside. Those who seek shelter under it are blessed with fulfillment of all their desires. They derive spiritual benefit and divine virtues. Therefore people worship this tree in various ways. It is also used for medicinal purposes.