The Banyan tree (ficus benghalensis) is an ornamental tree with large oval leaves and widely spread aerial roots which descend from branches. The tree is commonly found in tropical India, East Indies and tropical Africa. In ancient times, merchants and travelers often used large enclosures formed by the trees as market shelter.
The Sacred Fig or Bo-Tree is a type of banyan fig native South East Asia. Siddhartha Gautama is said to have attained enlightenment under a Bo-Tree. The Banyan tree is a well-known symbol for happiness, prosperity, longevity and good luck. In India, Hindu devotees circumambulate around the sacred fig tree as a mark of worship.