The logo of Rashtram is the leaf of a Peepal Tree (Ficus Religiosa), encased within a symmetric decagon (10-dimensional polygon) that evoke Dasa-Dikpala – the guardian deities of the 10 directions.
In India, sacredness is intrinsic to every aspect of creation. Especially trees are venerated due to their life-giving nature. The Peepal tree is native to the land, having a special significance. It symbolises ascension from the material plane of existence to the spiritual. Since time immemorial, the sages of India have meditated under the Peepal tree. Siddhartha meditated under it and became Gautama Buddha, the self-realised Enlightened One. The Peepal tree is an integral part of Indian life. Across the country, people still gather every day under its spreading branches to discuss matters of import in their community. It is also found on the medallion of India’s highest civilian award – the Bharat Ratna.
The leaf of the Peepal tree in the Rashtram logo represents abhyudaya -the breaking of the ego cage to rise up and be a leader of the masses. From Rashtram will emerge leaders rooted in the ethos of this great land, and they shall go forth in all ten directions to protect the realm, fostering prosperity and well-being for the country and the world.