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Kalpavriksha- The coconut tree

04-07-2017 07:00 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream


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“Kalpavriksha” in Hindu mythology is a divine tree that fulfills all your wishes. Stories say that Kalpavriksha originated from the churning of ocean milk or “Samudra Manthan” along with “Kamadhenu, the sacred cow”. King of Gods, Lord Indra, took the divine tree along with him to the paradise. Some trees in Hindu mythology that are considered as Kalpavriksha are Parijata, coconut tree and mulberry tree. Kalpavriksha has been mentioned in many sources of ancient Sanskrit literature. In this article, we will talk about “the Coconut tree” as the Kalpavriksha.

People claim coconut tree as the Kalpavriksha as each and every part of the tree is useful to humans in some way or the other. The article enlists some of the tree’s parts and its uses.

The nut

The nut or the fruit of the tree, which Indians refer to as “Nariyal” is one of the most important parts of the tree. The fruit formation undergoes a period of three to six years. The immature nut has the liquid we call as the coconut water. The coconut water is highly rich in sugar and nutrients. It has such a high nutritive value that is was used instead of glucose in IV tubes for soldiers in World War 2. The meat of the nut when squeezed gives the coconut milk which is very useful as a sweetener in cooking. The meat is also a source of coconut oil used for cooking. The meat has many cosmetic usages in soaps, creams, hair oils, lubricants etc. The dried nut, when shredded is also used in cooking.

Flowers

Now you might be wondering, do coconut trees actually have flowers? Well yes, they do. The flowers are used in Keralite weddings and also in decorations. Moreover, the flowers are also used to manufacture burlap like material. The flowers bounded to the tree when cut gives out sap. This sap is heated to form a syrup that can be processed into alcohol or vinegar.

Husk

Coconut husk is soaked in salt water and then separated into the fibre. The fibre is called as coir. This Coir is woven into rugs, doormats, floormats, brushes, mattresses etc. Coir has many agricultural and horticultural uses. It is also used as a soil conditioner. It is an excellent organic soil mixture for growing plants.

Leaves

Long coconut leaves have been used for wide variety of purposes like making brooms, hats and brushes. The leaves are also used for decoration purposes, mostly prominent in South Indian occasions and festivals. In tropical island villages, leaves cut into small strips or the whole is used for fencing purposes or as roofs of their huts. The stiff part of the leaf is used as kindling for fires. The stiff rib was also used for hunting in primitive ages.

Roots

Roots of the tree have many medicinal benefits. The roots help to shrink mucous membranes and also to improve blood flow in the body. The roots are used to make furniture and also used to as raw materials for making some types of beverages.



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