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Camel - foot Tree

Botanical Name Bauhinia variegata Linn.
Common NameCamel foot tree, Kachnar (Hindi), Sigappu Mandharai (Tamil), Kovidara (Sanskrit)


Throughout India

Religious association

The flower is sacred to Lord Shiva and is offered to the deity.

The Kovidara tree features in the epic Ramayana. Bharata’s chariot is recognized by his flag with the kovidara tree insignia.


The tree has a variety of uses. An infusion of the flower bud is a remedy for cough. The bark is believed to cure asthma and ulcers. The leaves are used as cattle fodder. The wood is used for making agricultural implements.

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