Shares the Knowledge !


National Tree


Banyan is the National tree of India. The mighty banyan tree commands a great presence in the rural setting of India. 

The very size of the banyan tree makes it a habitat for a large number of creatures

For centuries the banyan tree has been a central point for the village communities of India.

The banyan tree is massive not only from outside but it also sends new shoots from its roots, making the tree a tangle of branches, roots and trunks. 

The banyan tree towers magnificently over its neighbors and has the widest reaching roots of all known trees, covering several acres. The life of banyan tree is very long and is thought of as an immortal tree.

Because of its huge size, the banyan tree acts as a good shield and protects the rural folk from the hot sun. 

Even to this day the banyan tree has remained the focal point and gathering place village councils and meetings. 

It is due to these qualities, the banyan tree is considered sacred and honored.
  • The name 'banyan' is derived from Banias, who rested under the trees to discuss their strategies regarding business.
  • The widest tree in the world - the Great Banyan - is located in Kolkata. The tree is about 250 years old.
  • Historical records say that Alexander the Great camped under a banyan tree that was large enough to provide shelter to his army of 7000 men.
  • In many parts of the world, the wood and bark of the banyan tree are used for making paper.
  • People even make use of the roots of the tree to make ropes, in order to secure wood bundles.
  • The sap produced by banyan tree is often used to produce shellac, a strong adhesive. It can also be used to make surface-finisher.
  • Women in Nepal crush the root of the banyan tree with a paste to make a herbal product, which is used by them as a hair and skin conditioner.
  • In India and Pakistan, the twigs of banyan tree are sold as toothpicks in order to promote dental health. 
  • Banyan tree is well known for its medicinal uses. Its sap is a medicine for treating external skin inflammations and bruising, dysentery, toothaches and ulcers. Its bark and seeds are used to produce a herbal tonic that can cool the body. Diabetic patients are also treated by the tonic made from banyan tree.

    Share:

    Popular Posts