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Baobab Tree In Hinduism

In Hinduism, Baobab tree is associated with Guru Gorakhnath. Hindu also believe that the baobab is a wish-fulfilling tree. It was one of the nine jewels churned out by Devas and Asuras during the samudra manthan or churning of ocean.

As per Vamana Purana, the plant appeared from the body of Vishwakarma, the divine architect of the universe in Hindu religion.

It is believed that Guru Gorakhnath delivered his teachings and taught his disciples under the Baobab tree. For this reason, the tree is known as Gorakh-chinch in Hindi. It is known as Gorakshi and Sarp Dandi in Sanskrit.

The shells of the gourds of the tree are used as water pots by Hindu saints. It is known as Anaipuli and Perruka in Tamil.

As the tree can store a lot of water it considered as a kalpa vriksha by many communities in Rajasthan especially Mangliyawas.

The tree is also worshipped on the Amavasya day in Shravan month in Rajasthan and other regions.