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Janmashtami, Krishna and The Krishna Tree by RKB

In Blog, Featured, Mumbai, Rajiv K Bajaj
August 31, 2021
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🌺Happy Janmashtami
🌺When #Krishna was caught by mother #Yashoda with butter he had just stolen he tried to hide it in leaves by rolling up the leaves of a fig tree in the shape of a cup; the leaves have retained their cuplike shape since then; the story goes the leaves still wait for Krishna to return to Earth so they can be touched by his divine hands!
🌺Krishna Fig (Makhan Katori) is a very large, fast growing, evergreen tree up to 30 m tall, with spreading branches and many aerial roots. Leaves stalked, ovate heart-shaped, 3 nerved, when young they are velvety on both sides.
🌺The unique feature of the tree is that the leaves have a pocket-like fold at the base. Leaf stalks with a broad smooth greasy gland at the apex, compressed, downy.
🌺The plant is also known as Krishna Butter Cup.
🌺As with most things in India, there is a mythological story of Krishna related to the leaves of this tree.
🌺The story goes that Lord Krishna was very fond of butter and would even steal it.
🌺Once when he was caught by his mother, Yashoda, he tried to hide the butter by rolling it up in a leaf of this tree.
🌺Since then, the leaves of these trees have retained this cuplike shape.
🌳(Botanical name: Ficus benghalensis var. krishnae Family: Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Synonyms: Ficus krishnae)🌳