The Favourite Tree Of God

Common Bur Flower or Kadamb (Anthocephalus Cadamba/कदंब) is a large, evergreen tree with beautiful & unique flowers. It is a fast growing tree with a broad crown and is even planted sacredly near temples.

The flower of the tree is red to orange in colour, occurring in dense, globe-like head. It nicely assumes the shape of a ball. When the tree is in bloom, one can see the tree loaded with numerous beautiful flowers. The flowering usually begins when the tree is 4–5 years old.

In Hindu mythology, the tree was the favourite tree of Lord Krishna, who is usually depicted playing his flute under it. He also used to plays with his friends under the Kadamb tree using the unique globular flower of the tree. Hence the tree is also known as Haripriya , God's favourite. The tree is highly regarded religiously and culturally in India, Java and Malaysia. Kadamb trees and flowers are also a universal favourite among the Gods. The Mother Goddess Durga resides in a Kadamb forest (Kadamba Vana Vāsinī). 

Kadamb tree is suitable for reforestation programs. It can even bee used in Agroforestry practices. The fresh leaves can act as fodder for cattle. The ornamental tree is also used for soil reclamation. It sheds large amounts of leaf and non-leaf litter which on decomposition improves some physical & chemical properties of soil under its canopy. This reflects an increase in the level of soil organic carbon, cation exchange capacity, available plant nutrients and exchangeable bases. The fragrant orange flowers attract pollinators like bees, butterflies & birds. Furthermore, this tree can grow best in alluvial sites like river-banks and in the transitional zone between swampy, permanently flooded and periodically flooded areas.

This beautiful tree is also known for its medicinal virtues. The tree has astringent & antipyretic properties. It is believed to have cure for ulcers, digestive ailments, diarrhoea, expectorant, fever, vomiting etc.

A yellow dye is obtained from the root bark. Kadamb flowers are an important raw material in the production of attar, Indian perfume with Sandalwood (Santalum Album) base in which one of the essences is absorbed through hydro-distillation. The tree is grown along avenues, roadsides and villages for shade. The fresh leaves are sometimes used as serviettes or plates.

It is common belief among the natives of many villages in the state Chhattisgarh that plantation of Kadamb tree near to lakes and ponds, brings happiness and prosperity in their life. Well, the presence of this tree may bless them or it may not. But it's absence will not be better than a curse, for sure..!

6 comments:

  1. i have decided to plant atleast 20 trees of Kadama in my red soil lnads at Sivakasi.

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  2. Dear Sir,
    I want to plant this tree here in Gurgaon, which is a concrete jungle.
    Pls let me know where can I felt this plant so that I can buy.
    Regards,
    Sachin +91-8800777178

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  3. Dear,
    what is this wood used for? could use for housing material?

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    1. These flowers are sacred and used for ornametal purposes. Commercially, an essence is made out of flowers.

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  5. hi sir, im chitra from malaysia, im looking fwd in planting the tree for my temple's matangi amma, since i read she loves it, could you be kind enough to post me the seeds if u have or let me know if i can send someone to collect the small plant. chitra87sai@gmail.com
    this is my e-mail ID, kindly let me know.

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