Kalpavriksha,The Magical Tree;What is the story?

What if you had a tree that fulfilled all of your wishes?Good food,expensive clothes, money, everything?I am not joking.If you are planning to visit India, then, read on..

The village of Mangaliyawas in Ajmer holds the distinction of having a Kalpavriksha, the magical tree.So does,a village in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh.

But, what is Kalpavriksha?

According to Indian traditions, millions of years ago, the gods and demons decided to churn the ocean for the overall benefit of the humanity..Several goodies came up the ocean and one of them was the blessed tree of Kalpavriksha. It was supposed to grant every boon to anyone who stayed or lived under it.Such was its power !

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Churning of the Ocean-Samudra Manthan!

The gods or devas were clever.One day, the Lord of the devas decamped with the tree and for a long long time, the sacred tree remained with them until, one day,when Lord Krishna decided to own it.He attacked Nandanvan or the garden of Indra, Lord of devas and made Indra surrender the sacred tree.The tree was later gifted by Krishna to Satyabhama , his wife.

There is a popular belief that Kalpavriksha is still present in India.There are at least two places in India- Mangaliyawas in Ajmer (Rajasthan) and Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh)-that claim to have Kalpvriksha.I am not sure that these trees actually fulfil any boon to the locals but the species of these trees are extremely beneficial.For example, the Kalpavriksha in Rajasthan is actually a tree called Khejari that is extremely useful to the local community in providing firewood and also helps regenerate groundwater.Its roots go down deep in the soil and help check soil erosion.During extreme weather, the leavesof this tree remain green and are fit for consumption by domestic cattle like camels, sheep, goats , cows and bulls.

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Kalpavriksha near Ajmer, India

In the remote areas of India like Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, the plant of mahua is considered Kalpavriksha,as it provides for the local needs of the community.

In the mountainous stretches of Uttarakhand Himalayas,there is a particular mulberry tree that is supposed to be more than 2400 years old and is considered to be Kalpavrisha .Adi Shankaracharya, one of the greatest philosophers that this world has seen, is said to have meditated under this tree.Elsewhere, in the Himalayas,a particular tree, Chyur provides butter, jaggery and other good things to the local community.

A large number of Indians worship Ashwath or pipal tree as Kalpavriksha as it is supposed to be the abode of Hindu gods.

But, the Kalpavriksha at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh is the tree that Lord Krishna is said to have been brought from Indra’s garden.It is actually baobab,a tree that is quite familiar to the people of Africa.

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Kalpavriksha in Barabanki

 

So, you see, there are different interpretations to this magical tree of Kalpavriksha.

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The story of Kalpavriksha is also prevalent in Indonesia

But, the story isn’t over yet! Do you know that Lord Shiva has a daughter too? Upon the birth of this daughter, the Lord requested Kalpavriksha to take care of the newborn child.This child grew up to be the Goddess of nature or forests and is called Vandevi.

So, what do you think of this post, friends?I hope, I have been able to tell you a little more of the amazing and offbeat destinations of India.

Thanks for reading this and dropping by.

23 comments

  1. My interpretation of Kalpavriksha is every tree that you grow with love. You take care of it and trees as per my experience, they do have a soul which indeed bless us. It may not be everything we want but yes it does becomes our friend. Also, Hindu Mythology has many more aspects which can be read as poetry and these can be interpretedin various ways. Just like animal pets are our friends and surely feel for us, the tress we take care of also does. Hope I do not sound funny.

    Materialistic and practical evidences have proven things for a few people who don’t have a vision beyond their sight.

    Sonal.

    • I see the Kalpviriksha tree in Gurugram Haryana . I have also see the flowers. When I search on internet nobody seen the flowers. Recently 82 flowers seen fron May2019 till now. These flowers grow in the night and seen for one day and their colour white and from the next day’s it colours change into brown. When this tree planted there was a Pooja and from that time daily Pooja performed. This is a miracle. If anyone wants to see then visit sector 22 Gurugram see itself.

  2. I love all the legends that surround the Indian Culture. When I visited, everywhere I went I listened to another fascinating story related to the Gods. It’s a wonderful exploration of the local life! If only that three was really magic 🙂

  3. What an intriguing and beautiful written article!

    I adore how you not only write about the quaint folklore, but then you include the importance and relevance of the Khejari tree to the community! I’m looking forward to more of your work; keep up the incredible work! 🙂

  4. You are a great storyteller. What an interesting tale. Not so far fetched since it did provide in different ways. Trees are worshipped in many stories so who knows, maybe they are magical.

  5. That’s an interesting story. 🙂 But that kind of tree could be dangerous if the wrong people make their wishes there. 😉 I wonder if the tree can distinguish from those with kind hearts and those with evil plans. 🙂

  6. Lovely story that tells the story of Indian tales. I only know baobab from Little Prince. It sure looks like a deep-rooted tree. No wonder it’s mysterious

  7. I think having a history, rather a story behind a tree is entertaining. Wishing for something and having it come true takes more than simply wishing. It is also about doing what needs to be done.

  8. This sure is entertaining. I love hearing myths and history. Most of it are certainly have interesting stories just like this magical tree.

  9. That’s a huge tree. It is nice to know some historical tale from the past. The fact is about it whether it fulfills wishes or not is that it is really helpful to our society in many ways.

  10. That is really an interesting read. I had no idea or knowledge about these trees, mythological importance and there benefits. But definitely I have seen the first picture, sculpture at Thailand Airport Suvarnabhumi.

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