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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2858

A huge conjoined freak Margosa Tree in Urelu, Chunnakam

By K.T.Rajasingham

A huge conjoined freak Margosa tree is found in the outer courtyard of Kannakai Amman Temple premises in Urelu, located in the Palay – Jaffna Road, nearly 5 km away from Chunnakam.

The trunks of four different trees are conjoined to make one tree.

This type of freak Margosa tree is not found anywhere else in the world. - A rare one.

The idol of the Temple Deity is placed in the space found in between the four trunks of the conjoined tree during the annual Theertha (Water cutting festival) festival.

Devotees of the Kannaki Amman Temple venerate this tree and Tree worship or dendrolatry is observed not only in Hinduism but also practiced in almost all the religions and in Lebanon Flag Cedar symbolizes immortality and steadiness.

Other examples of trees featured in mythology are the Banyan and the Peepal (Ficus religiosa) trees in Hinduism, and the modern tradition of the Christmas Tree in Germanic mythology, the Tree of Knowledge of Judaism and Christianity, and the Bodhi tree in Buddhism.

In folk religion and folklore, trees are often said to be the homes of tree spirits. Historical Druidism as well as Germanic paganism appear to have involved cultic practice in sacred groves, especially the oak.[2] The term druid itself possibly derives from the Celtic word for oak.

The botanical name of Margosa is Aiadtraehta Mica and Tamil it is called Vembu in Sinhala it is Kohamba and in India it commonly called Neem tree.

Margosa is a very common tree in Sri Lanka Azadirachta indica, is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae. It is one of two species in the genus Azadirachta, and is native to India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh growing in tropical and semi-tropical regions. Neem trees also grow in islands in the southern part of Iran. Its fruits and seeds are the source of neem oil.

I have seen this tree is propagated in Sudan and planted in the road sides of Sudan’s capital the city of Khartoum and also in many parts of Bangkok, Thailand.

Margosa is a very common tree in Sri Lanka It is a large evergreen dense tree growing some 10 to 10.5 metre tall with a girth of about 2 to 3 metres.

The leaves of this tree are divided into numerous leaflets, each resembling a full-grown leaf. The tree has small, white flowers in auxiliary bunches and 1.2 to 1.8 cm long green or yellow fruits with a seed in each.

The tree has played a key role in Ayurvedic medicine and agriculture since time immemorial. It is indigenous to South Asia, where up to twenty million trees line the roads.

The seeds contain substantial amount of essential oil, known as margosa or neem oil. The bitter constituents separated from this oil are nimbin, nimbinin and nimbidin. The main active constituent of these is nimbidin which contains sulphur.

The blossoms yield a glucoside, nimbosterin and a highly pungent essential oil, nimbosterol nimbecetin and fatty acids. The flowers contain a bitter substance and an irritant bitter oil.

The fruits contain a bitter principle, baka yanin and the trunk bark yields nimbin, nimbidin, nimbinin and an essential oil.

Healing Power and Curative Properties

Neem tree is generally considered to be an air purifier and a preventive against malarial fever and cholera. All parts of the tree possess medicinal properties.

The leaves are useful in relieving flatulence, promoting the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes, arid in increasing secretion and discharge of urine.

They also act as an insecticide. The bark is a bitter tonic and a stimulant.It arrests secretions and bleeding besides counter-acting any spasmodic disorders.

The root bark has the same properties as the bark of the trunk. The gum discharged by the stem is a stimulant and tonic with a soothing effect on the skin and mucous membranes.

Malaria

An infusion or a decoction of the fresh leaves is a bitter vegetable tonic and alterative, especially in chronic malarial fevers because of its action on the liver. It should be taken in doses of 15 to 60 grams.

Piles

The use of 3 grams of the inner bark of margosa with 6 grams of jaggery every morning is very effective in piles. To check bleeding piles, 3 or 4 neem fruits can be administered with water.

Also with inputs from News Sources

- Asian Tribune -

Conjoined freak Margosa tree found in Kannakai Amman Temple, Urelu, Chunnakam
A huge conjoined freak Margosa  Tree  in Urelu, Chunnakam
A huge conjoined freak Margosa  Tree  in Urelu, Chunnakam
A huge conjoined freak Margosa  Tree  in Urelu, Chunnakam
A huge conjoined freak Margosa  Tree  in Urelu, Chunnakam
A huge conjoined freak Margosa  Tree  in Urelu, Chunnakam
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