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Parijat Tree of Mahabharata Age at Kintur Village in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh

A Parijat Tree located at Kintur Village in Barabanki District in Uttar Pradesh in India is believed to belong to the age of the Mahabharata. It is mentioned in the Mahabharat that Sri Krishna uprooted the Parijata Tree from the kingdom of Indira, the god of Devas, and presented it to his wife Rukimini. Another legend in the Puranas suggests that Arjuna of Mahabarat brought the Parijata Tree for his mother Kunti, who offered to Shiva.

It is believed by many people that the Parijat Tree mentioned in the Mahabharata is the one found at Kintur Village in Barabanki District. Kintur Village is named after Kunti, the mother of Pandavas. The village is located around 40 km east of Barabanki Town.

But sadly now experts have raised concern about the survival of the tree.
After concerns being raised over its survival from different quarters, a 5-member panel of experts from the Narendra Deo University of Agriculture and Technology (NDUAT), Faizabad, surveyed the tree on Monday. Leading the panel, head of department of crop physiology, NDUAT, Akhtar Hussain Khan, said: "We travelled to Barabanki to assess the tree and the extent of damage it has suffered due to various reasons. Now we will compile a report citing the problems that plague the tree and ways to protect and preserve the plant variety.''
Khan added: "It is believed that this is the only tree of this variety that exists. We will also try to see whether saplings of the tree can be planted elsewhere.''
More Information about the Parijata Tree at Barabanki

It is mentioned in the Harivansh Purana that Parijat is a type of Kalpvraksh and whosoever makes a wish under this tree gets it fulfilled.

Parijat Tree at Kintur Village in Barabanki District is the only tree of this variety that exists.  The tree has been kept in a special category because it does not produce fruits and neither does it reproduce from branch cuttings. Some experts are of the view that it is a unisex male tree and that there is no other such tree in the world.

The leaves of this tree in the lower portion have five tips like the fingers of a hand, while at the upper reaches it has seven. Its flower is very beautiful and white in color, on drying out it gets a golden tinge. The flower has five petals. The tree blossoms very occasionally, with very few flowers, but when it does in June/ July, it spreads its fragrance far and wide.

The age of this tree is said to be 1000 to 5000 years. The perimeter of the trunk of this tree is around 50 feet and height of around 45 feet. There is another popular saying that, its branches do not break or dry out but shrink and disappear into the original trunk.

It must be noted that different varieties of the Parijat Tree are found in different parts of India. But none of them have the characteristics of the one found at Barabanki.