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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)?