Crataeva tree is considered one of the favourites of Lord Siva. Hence it is given a prominent place in Siva temples the prickles f this tree represent sakthi the mother goddess the branches represent the Vedas and the roots are taken for Rudra, the lord Himself . Each represent three gunas (features) each. The devotees of Lord Siva take them to be the tree eyes of their deity. Most devotees consider crataeva as a holy tree that can cure all sins of a lifetime.
As per the belief, one should not pluck the crataeva leaf on new moon and full moon days. All part s of the tree are excellent Ayurvedic medicines. Foreign Agricultural Universities foster crataeva in consideration of its medicinal value, reports the Science today magazine.
Rheumatism, phlem, vomiting, tuberculosis, diarrhea and such ailments an be cured using crateva. In the treatment of diabetes also crataeva has unique role. The Ayurveda doctors point out that the oil boiled in the juice of leaf can cure ear pain, puss in the ear etc. The change in the nature on the full moon,new moon days can affect the tree also. That is why there is restriction in plucking its leaves on these days
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