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A sacred fig or pipal tree (also known as the bodhi tree), the roots of which are thought to be ‘above’ or in heaven (see, for example, the Kaṭha Upaniṣad 6.1, where it is identified with brahman (neut.). It is also connected in many Vedic texts with Kurukṣetra, since each is envisaged as being at the centre of the world. Its wood is sometimes used for making the fire drill (araṇi).

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