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- n. Plural form of pipal.
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Once upon a time there was a Raja, who had many water reservoirs and tanks, and round the edges he planted trees, mangoes, pipals, palms and banyans; and the banyan trees were bigger than any.
The sun was dipping behind the masts that showed where the straight border of the river ran, and the shadows of the pipals and the banyans were richly purple over the roads.
The pipals (_Ficus religiosa_) are shedding their leaves; the _sheshams_ (_Dalbergia sissoo_) are assuming their emerald spring foliage.
"In the grounds of the palace across the river, that you escaped from the night before you came to see me, there is quite a little forest of pipals."
Here they are replaced by bananas, mango trees, pipals (ficus religiosa), fig trees, and thousands of other trees and shrubs, unknown to such outsiders as ourselves.
Before each there is a row of pipals (Ficus religiosa) centuries old, which no temple can dispense with, because these trees are the abode of the elementals and the sinful souls.